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In the last 15 years, the environment and practice of engineering has changed radically. Commercial applications are mostly Web-based, often globally accessible and subject to emergent and unexpected effects arising from their use on a global scale. Not only are the products different, but the practice is different. Agile methods dominate. Rapid systems delivery and continuous contact with the client is expected. Engineers have to engage with increasingly complex social and ethical environments...