Computational Culture

a journal of software studies

Die Aufklärung in the Age of Philosophical Engineering

The public access to the web is twenty years old. Through it, digital society has developed throughout the entire world. But has this society become mündig, that is, mature, in the sense that Immanuel Kant used this term to define the age of Enlightenment as an exit from minority, from Unmündigkeit ? Certainly not: contemporary […]

Text, Speech, Machine: Metaphors for Computer Code in the Law

As computer software has become increasingly central to commerce and creativity, lawmakers have retrofitted it into preexisting legal regimes to regulate its production and distribution. Currently in the United States, software is eligible for protection under patent law, copyright law, trade secret law and the First Amendment. Legal determinations of technology such as software do […]

Heterogeneous Software Engineering: Garmisch 1968, Microsoft Vista, and a Methodology for Software Studies

The foreword to MIT’s Software Studies series suggests its purpose is to “make critical, historical, and experimental accounts of (and interventions via) the objects and processes of software.”1 Methodologically diverse, the international field of software studies welcomes perspectives from the arts and humanities, the social sciences, as well as computer science and engineering. Recent proposals […]

Review of Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile

Cybernetic Revolutionaries: Technology and Politics in Allende’s Chile by Eden Medina MIT Press, Cambridge, Mass. November 2011 ISBN 0-262-01649-4 312pages Chile’s Cybersyn project has long needed a thorough, critical history, and now we have one. Eden Medina’s carefully researched book lays out the project’s origins, structure and struggles as a “case study for better understanding […]

Working Towards a Definition of the Philosophy of Software

review of David M. Berry. The Philosophy of Software: Code and Mediation in the Digital Age. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011. ISBN 978-0-230-24418-4 200 Pages   Everyday life relies heavily on networked technologies that allow for a wide range of actions to take place, from the management of medical devices to the withdrawal of money from […]

Issue Two – Call for Submissions

Computational Culture is now inviting contributions for the second issue. We seek articles, book, project and software reviews, and also indications of interest for future special issues focusing on databases and social media. Please submit a completed paper by the deadline of 30th of March or contact the editors via the website to express an […]

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    Computational Culture is an online open-access peer-reviewed journal of inter-disciplinary enquiry into the nature of cultural computational objects, practices, processes and structures.
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