Responsible Software Engineering

  • Ina Schieferdecker
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Software trustworthiness today is more about acceptance than technical quality; software and its features must be comprehensible and explainable. Since software becomes more and more a public good, software quality becomes a critical concern for human society. And insofar artificial intelligence (AI) has become part of our daily lives—naturally we use language assistants or automatic translation programs—software quality is evolving and has to take into account usability, transparency as well as safety and security. Indeed, a majority worldwide rejects currently the use of AI in schools, in court or in the army because it is afraid of data misuse or heteronomy. Insofar, software and its applications can succeed only if people trust them. The initiatives towards “responsible software engineering” address these concerns. This publication is about raising awareness for responsible software engineering.


Software testing Software quality Software engineering 



This work has been partially funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) under grant no. 16DII111 (“Deutsches Internet-Institut”, Weizenbaum-Institute for the Networked Society) as well as by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety under grant number 01RIO708A4 (“German Advisory Council on Global Change”, WBGU).

The author thanks the numerous discussions with Stefan Ullrich, Jacob Kröger, Andrea Hamm, Hans-Christian Gräfe, Diana Serbanescu, Gunay Kazimzade and Martin Schüssler all from Weizenbaum-Institute as well as with Reinhard Messerschmidt, Nora Wegener, Marcel J. Dorsch, Dirk Messner and Sabine Schlacke at WBGU.

Last but not least, the author thanks the iSQI team for years of successful and pleasant cooperation to make software quality more present and to offer numerous software quality training schemes that improve the knowledge and expertise in the field. Congrats on its 15th birthday, wishing iSQI at least another 15 successful years of extending the body of knowledge in software quality.


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  • Ina Schieferdecker
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  1. 1.Federal Ministry of Education and ResearchBerlinGermany

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