The declarative problem frame: Designing systems that create and use norms

Roelf J. Wieringa

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    This paper analyzes design guidelines for reactive systems that control a social environment. In contrast, to a physical environment, a social environment cannot be controlled by physical causation, but it can be controlled by symbolic interaction in combination with the appropriate norms. I show that this involves three kinds of norms: the desired effects of the system, norms needed to achieve these effects, and norms for the subject domain that are independent from the system. The norms presupposed by the responses of the system include the ability of the system to act on behalf of legal persons as well as responsibilities allocated to legal persons. The analysis leads to design guidelines and a problem frame for social control by machine.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publication10th International Workshop on Software Specification and Design (IWSSD-10)
    Place of PublicationWashington, DC, USA
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)0769508847
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2000
    Event10th International Workshop on Software Specification and Design, IWSSD 2000 - Shelter Pointe Hotel and Marina, San Diego, United States
    Duration: 5 Nov 20007 Nov 2000
    Conference number: 10

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    Conference10th International Workshop on Software Specification and Design, IWSSD 2000
    Abbreviated titleIWSSD
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Diego
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