Do you own a Volkswagen? Values as non-functional requirements

Barn, Balbir ORCID logoORCID: (2016) Do you own a Volkswagen? Values as non-functional requirements. Human-Centered and Error-Resilient Systems Development: IFIP WG 13.2/13.5 Joint Working Conference, 6th International Conference on Human-Centered Software Engineering, HCSE 2016, and 8th International Conference on Human Error, Safety, and System Develop. In: HCSE + HESSD 2016: Joint 6th International Working Conference on Human-Centred Software Engineering and 8th International Working Conference on Human Error, Safety, and System Development, 29-31 Aug 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN 9783319449012. ISSN 0302-9743 [Conference or Workshop Item] (doi:10.1007/978-3-319-44902-9_10)

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Of late, there has been renewed interest in determining the role and relative importance of (moral) values in the design of software and its acceptance. Events such as the Snowden revelations and the more recent case of the Volkswagen "defeat device” software have further emphasised the importance of values and ethics in general. This paper posits a view that values accompanied by an appropriate framework derived from non-functional requirements can be used by designers and developers as means for discourse of ethical concerns of the design of software. The position is based on the Volkswagen dieselgate case study and a qualitative analysis of developers views from Reddit discussion forums. The paper proposes an extension of an existing classification of requirements to include value concerns.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published as a chapter in: Human-Centered and Error-Resilient Systems Development, Volume 9856 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2016, pp 151-162
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 20075
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Depositing User: Balbir Barn
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 13:13
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 21:39

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