Public service media and software for the common good


How can we develop software that is not only oriented towards business models, but also towards the common good, user interests, and media regulation? Coding Public Value (CPV) translates questions on media law, user orientation, and the integration of political and social stakeholders into approaches and methods for a responsible software engineering as well as institutional, political, and regulatory recommendations.

Project description

The project Coding Public Value (CPV) focuses on the development and evaluation of methods for a responsible software engineering for the common good and corresponding institutional, political and organizational frameworks for public-service media platforms. Two central questions are in the foreground: How can legal, political and user-oriented requirements of public media be translated into requirements, methods and quality assessment practices for the engineering of software. And which institutional, political, and organizational requirements have to be implemented in order to operate these media platforms on the foundation of such public service-oriented software engineering? The project combines science and technology studies, media and communication research, legal studies, and empirical software engineering in an interdisciplinary collaboration.

We are developing methods for a software engineering focusing on the common good and the appropriate institutional, political, and organizational conditions for public service media platforms by analyzing stakeholders in the media sector, media law, and regulatory frameworks as well as usage and market potentials.

Research contribution

The research contributions comprehend, in the long-run, a methodological toolbox that allows for a better understanding of how external regulations can be brought in tune with software engineering to facilitate a notion of responsibility that not only covers regulatory requirements but also user interests and extra-functional software properties. Overall, we envision a framework for a seamless requirements modelling of regulations and, the other way around, a clear reference model that allows to assess the regulatory compliance of such software systems.

Project duration

01.01.2020 – 30.06.2023

 Oleksandr Kosenkov

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