Alcides Fonseca

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Enforcement by Software

Suppose, for example, that your driver’s license is on your mobile phone. (…) You no longer need to go to a government office to get your new driver’s license. However, it now makes it possible for a civil servant to decide that you cannot drive your car on Tuesdays. They do not need a new law, they do not need your consent, they can just switch a flag inside a server.

Enforcement by Software by Daniel Lemire

This is something that has been worrying me, especially in the cases where software doesn’t follow the law and leads tens or thousands of users to follow processes illegally, just because there is no other way of doing it. Maybe society should invest more in legal verification of software and processes.