Computer systems are integrated on ever larger scales:

but parallel development on the human side is even more important: Organizations integrate communication & computation ("convergence") to better coordinate quasi-independent units (neither centralized nor independent) on global scale (e.g., systems engeering and the "enterprise level").

Thus social & cultural issues become ever more crucial.

CSCW, ethnomethodology & sociology of technology help us to

In this sense, values are the essence of social interaction,
     and thus of contemporary IT.

The Value Sensitive Design of Batya Friedman, Peter Kahn, Alan Borning & others is less formal & more focused on large gran values, like informed consent, privacy, universal accesability and democracy; however, their approach is very close in spirit to our approach.

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