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Co-op Digital Presents Human Values in Software Production

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Lancaster university present their findings on a study into values in computing.

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Values are the facts of the future, and technologies their expression, states philosopher Andrew Feenberg in his article ‘Ten Paradoxes of Technology’. Research indicates that the more weight an organisation, individual, or culture gives to certain values (e.g. wealth, political influence, power), the less weight is given to others (e.g. environmental sustainability, equality, and social justice), and the wider existing values ‘blind spots’ become. A clear understanding of the role of human values in software production is critical and urgent. Public scrutiny and concerns around high-profile software scandals and malpractices are mounting, yet much of the far-reaching impact that software brings to society may be unintended. Software is pervasive and practitioners are increasingly seen to have responsibilities equivalent to those of civil engineers and architects. Calls for a Hippocratic Oath for computing professionals are being made. Where next? In this session, Emily and Maria Angela will first report on their work on values in software production, and then open the floor to questions and viewpoints and a conversation about the value of values in the future of digital.

Further info: http://www.valuesincomputing.org/

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We aren't able to provide refreshments for this event, feel free to bring your own food and drinks!

  • 6pm - Doors open and networking
  • 7pm - Talk begins
  • 8pm - Q&A
  • 8:30pm - Head to the Pilcrow for networking and drinks

Speakers:

Maria Angela Ferrario and Emily Winter, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster.

Marie is a Lecturer, she teaches software engineering and digital innovation, and her work adopts agile and participatory methods to research and technology development, investigates the role of human values in computing and of digital technology in society. She works across domains including public place design, bio-data sharing, renewable energy forecasting, and mental health management in partnership with the private and public sector, and marginalised communities. She has over fifteen years’ experience in leading digital innovation research projects within academia, and large multi-agency e-government projects outside academia.

Emily is a Senior Research Associate and is currently working on two projects, one that considers the use of agile in research and one that explores ways of improving diversity and inclusion in computer science education. She previously worked with Marie on the role of human values in computing, interviewing software engineers about what matters to them.

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