Nowadays, software has a ubiquitous presence in everyday life and this phenomenon gives rise to a range of challenges that affect both individuals and society as a whole. In this article we argue that in the future, the domain of software should no longer belong to technical experts and system integrators alone. Instead it should transition to a firmly engaged public domain, similar to city planning, social welfare and security. The challenge that lies at the heart of this problem is the ability to understand, on a technical level, what all the different software actually is and what it does with our information.
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Keywords Software, Ethics, Education, Society, Complexity
THEME Software (theme 1)
Publisher ERCIM
Journal ERCIM News
Citation
Bruntink, M, & Vinju, J.J. (2014). Looking Towards a Future where Software is Controlled by the Public (and not the other way round). ERCIM News, 99.