Jul 25, 2011

Technology's Design Guides It's Use

This BBC article talks about the open structure of the internet. One point that struck me is that the way we build a technology determines how it will be used, and so puts our values into it. The internet is open, in that one node can talk to another without the system caring what is said - it just transfres it. If we don't believe in such openness, we could have built a highly managed system that only allows certain types of files or information.

I argue that technology is not neutral, but will have the values (or theology) of the designer built-in for good or bad.

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