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The brave new world of socio-technical systems: Cloud computing
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computerized Image Analysis and Human-Computer Interaction.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computerized Image Analysis and Human-Computer Interaction.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3806-5216
2013 (English)In: The possibilities of ethical ICT, Kolding: University of Southern Denmark , 2013, 377-383 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper we propose an analysis of Cloud Computing as a new kind of socio-technical system. For many organizations, moving ICT from the capital expenditure line to the operational expenditure line, by using "ICT services on-demand" and paying them by consumption, is an opportunity. From another perspective Cloud Computing represents a big shift back towards centralized architectures where end-users and organizations will use on.demand resources provided by very large datacentres. Are we moving from the "autonomy" of the 1980's introduced by Personal Computing to the "heteronomy" of Cloud Computing of the XXI century? For analysing the main social and ethical issues related to Cloud Computing we propose a simple model based on the Socio-Technical Systems concept. The co-shaping between society and technology is clean-cut and can be a useful tool for users and organisations that are considering to enter into the world of ICT as-a-service. We finally investigate possible connections between our reflections about Cloud Computing and more deep ethical, philosophical, and psychological ways of addressing these issues.

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Kolding: University of Southern Denmark , 2013. 377-383 p.
Keyword [en]
cloud computing, heteronomy, autonomy, co-shaping, ethics, decision making, methods, tools, philosophizing
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Human Computer Interaction Environmental Sciences Ethics Philosophy Human Aspects of ICT Information Systems, Social aspects
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Human-Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-207629ISBN: 978-87-92646-72-9 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-207629DiVA: diva2:648959
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ETHICOMP 2013
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ETHCOMPCEST
Available from: 2013-09-17 Created: 2013-09-17 Last updated: 2014-05-16Bibliographically approved

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