The brave new world of socio-technical systems: cloud computing

Norberto Patrignani, Kavathatzopoulos Iordanis

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In this paper we propose an analysis of Cloud Computing as a new kind of sociotechnical 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 endusers 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 coshaping 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.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteThe possibilities of ethical ICT, ETHICOMP 2013 Proceedings
Numero di pagine7
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013
Pubblicato esternamente
EventoThe possibilities of ethical ICT, ETHICOMP 2013 - KOLDING, DANIMARCA
Durata: 12 giu 201314 giu 2013


ConvegnoThe possibilities of ethical ICT, ETHICOMP 2013


  • Cloud Computing


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