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Nov 14, 2019 Gunnela Ivanov
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  v1006081245-1912031625 Gunnela Ivanov personal homepage / personlig hemsida           English  homepage Svenska hemsida           Photo/Foto: Kristina Sahlén, 2008
Topics: design, formgivning, hantverk, konstindustri, handicraft, craftsmanship, arts and crafts, art and...
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Nov 10, 2019 Kristo Ivanov
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  PATIENTSÄKERHET  - VARNING ! Meningslöst med anmälan till  HSAN (Relaterat med  IVO )     [English summary - version 191121-1345] PATIENT SAFETY   This web site on MEDICAL PATIENT SAFETY has been set up by a patient to report a case study with events extending from year 2007 to 2009. Intellectually it actualizes, but it is not resolved by, the debate around the political idea of " repressive tolerance ". The latter is to be interpreted as signifying the citizen's...
Topics: patientsäkerhet, läkarbemötande, arrogance, arrogans, medical safety, repressive tolerance,...
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Oct 21, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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These are notes (in Swedish) for a "professorial-pedagogical" lecture to new students beginning their university studies in Informatics. It explains what has been understood as the history and the mission of a university. It is completed with an overview of the difficulties arising from the changing political and cultural climate, and the relation of informatics to other academic disciplines. There are also some reflections on the challenges of study at a university, and a...
Topics: university, studies, pedagogy, informatics, systems, science, history, business school, statistics,...
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Oct 20, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Original publications: Ivanov, K. (1984). Systemutveckling och ADB-ämnets utveckling [Systems development and the development of the discipline of informatics/ADP].  In H.-E. Nissen (Ed.),  Systemutveckling, av vem, för vem och hur?  [Systems development, by whom, for whom, and how?]  (pp. 1-14). Stockholm: Arbetarskyddsfonden -Arbetsmiljöfonden [later: Swedish Work Environment Fund], report No. K4/84. Research report LiU-IDA-R-84-1, June 1984. ISSN 0281-4269. Linköping University, Dept...
Topics: knowledge, systems, information, formalism, history, statistics, administration, logic, user,...
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Sep 30, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Commentary to "Exploring the intellectual structures of information systems development: A social action theoretic analysis", paper by R. Hirschheim, H.K. Klein, and K. Lyytinen. Pre-print version.  In Accounting, Management and Information Technologies , (renamed Information & Organization), 6, 1996 
Topics: information, system, development, strategy, communication, paradigm, conceptual, structure,...
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Sep 29, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE With a short curriculum vitae and statement of research interests (Version 180928-1700)  KRISTO IVANOV, born 1937 in Belgrade from Bulgarian parents, was educated in Italy, Brazil, France, and Sweden. He is DrTechn/PhD from Stockholm University and Royal Institute of Technology KTH, full professor since 1984, and has degrees in electronic engineering, psychology, and computer science/administrative data processing (informatics) with minors in industrial economics, statistics,...
Topics: information, computer, system, database, economics, management, development, maintenance, ethics,...
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Aug 22, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This is an essay that is mainly a long book review of Howard Schwartz's  Society against itself: Political correctness and organizational self-destruction  (London, Karnac Books, 2010), addressing a social, psychological and political phenomenon, Later, after my writing this review, it has also been treated by the same author in the book,  Political correctness and the destruction of social order,  (2016), as well as in theoretically rather unrelated approaches by others such as Bruce...
Topics: Organization, crisis, Howard Schwartz, psychoanalysis, Oedipus, pristine self, fatherhood, feminism
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Aug 22, 2018 Kenneth Nilsson
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Farewell speech on 27 September 2002, in Swedish, by department chairman Kenneth Nilsson at the department of Informatics of Umeå University, on occasion of the retirement and promotion of Kristo Ivanov to professor emeritus effective October 1st 2002
Topics: university, organization, tradition, quality, mission, debate, philosophy, academia, Erik Gustaf...
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Aug 22, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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On occasion of my 70th birthday in October 2007, and as a response to inquiries about research results, thoughts and feelings, both professional and personal, I presented the first part of the following text in the form of a few relevant excerpts from  The Ecclesiastes . Under the subsequent years I did complete this text with some pertinent additions that all are now gathered into this more comprehensive  Research Summary on the 75th Birthday  in 2012. Additional strong personal emotions...
Topics: Ecclesiaste, T.S. Eliot, relativism, education
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Aug 22, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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On occasion of my 75th birthday in October 2012, and as a response to inquiries about research results, thoughts and feelings, both professional and personal, I presented  a text in the form of a few relevant excerpts from  The Ecclesiastes  with some pertinent additions . Additional strong personal emotions and insights with far reaching intellectual implications for me were lately formulated in some of the texts that I included in  my weblog . For the rest I have become firmer in my...
Topics: Ecclesiaste, T.S. Eliot, Steven Shapin, relativism, postmodernism, Imitation of Christ, Kempis,...
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Aug 20, 2018 Joseph Ratzinger
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Conscience and Truth Preliminary note by Kristo Ivanov, prof.em. Umeå University (version 191128)   This item is an essay by former cardinal and later pope Benedict XVI  Joseph Ratzinger  discussing what I perceive as being the limits of rationality in terms of the relation between authority and conscience including personal convictions about scientific truth. In this essay Ratzinger approaches psychology by referring to Albert  Görres  ( German Wikipedia ), who attempts a Christian...
Topics: Conscience, truth, rationality, authority, expertise, reason, ethics, religion, cardinal, Newman,...
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Aug 19, 2018 Kenneth Nilsson
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                                                                                   The history of the discipline of Informatics at Umeå University                                                   Prefatory note by Kristo Ivanov The author, Kenneth Nilsson, died on March 21st, 2016, aged 78, before the final elaboration of contents and lay-out of this text.  It was adjusted by former colleagues at the department of...
Topics: iInformatik, ADB, administrativ databehandling, historia, informatics, history, data processing,...
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Aug 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Umeå University's department of informatics from where I retired in 2002 invited me to write a contribution of maximum 360 words to a booklet to be published on occasion of its 20 years' jubilee in 2014. This is my second jubilee paper in the sense that I already had contributed to my department at my "alma mater" in Stockholm on its 40 years' jubilee in 2006 with a paper (more than 4000 words) "Whither Computers and Systems?" in the book ICT for People , based on an...
Topics: university, organization, decline, quality, mission
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Aug 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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I will adopt the provisional definition of hypermedia as being systems that combine the use of products produced by the computer, telecommunication and television industries, including the advertising-entertainment industries or services. In social economic and institutional terms hypermedia deal with the ongoing merging of mainly the computer, telecommunication and television industries. This is indeed a broad definition, perhaps too broad, but any possible narrowing of it should be informed...
Topics: logic, semiotics, architecture, aesthetics, Kant, Immanuel Kant
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Aug 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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A preliminary why The body of this working paper contains some texts that I wish to mediate to researchers and students of information systems, and to people who try to influence, and are influenced by information technology. Among students of information systems I include practitioners and consultants who care for the fundaments and long-run development of their work. In order to explain what all the following is about, I must start by outlining a short personal background. The prime reason...
Topics: Tage Lindbom, Frithjof Schuon, Martin Cyril D'Arcy, D'Arcy, pragmatism, strategy, ethics, reason,...
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Aug 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Computers in human science or humanistic computing? Steps toward the evaluation of a humanistic computing science by Kristo Ivanov (version 141023-2135) University of Umeå, Institute of Information Processing, S-901 87 UMEà (Sweden). Phone +46 90 166030, Fax +46 90 166126, Email (Internet): kivanov@informatik.umu.se Ivanov, K. (1991). Computer-supported human science or humanistic computing science? Steps toward the evaluation of a humanistic computing science (UMADP-WPIPCS-41.91:3)....
Topics: humanism, computing, soft systems, development, participation, action research, constructivism,...
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Aug 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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EXPERIMENTAL REALISM AND EMPIRICAL IDEALISM IN INFORMATICS A virtual interviewer of Don Ihde, and West Churchman Many researchers and graduate students adopt the vocabulary, if not the thought, of leading scholars who are newcomers in the hardly defined field of informatics. Names come and go, even bigger names like, say, Marx, Habermas, and Foucault. In this paper I wish to contribute to the continuity of the research tradition in informatics and to the build up of its identity by relating one...
Topics: continental philosophy, technology, science, Feenberg, Borgmann, Heidegger, Marcuse, Kuhn, Latour,...
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Aug 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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A conceived research program and work from 1989-1991 reviewed in November 2008. I wish to make available to colleagues and researchers an amount of references to printed material that was stored and systematized mainly during the years 1989-1991 in view of a comprehensive, perchance naive research program on the "essence" of computers and presuppositions of computer support. The research was not pursued and concluded because of managerial duties which did not leave room for the...
Topics: computers, mathematics, logic, psychology, statistics, software, organization, music, applied...
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Aug 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This research (April-July 2012) is a development of the section "Flesh and theology without God" of my review Trends in Philosophy of Technology of Daniel Cérézuelle's book (in French) on Technology and the Flesh. The emphasis in on criticism of the application of Martin Heidegger's phenomenological thought as it contributes to the neglect of ethics. The text was removed from the rest of the review because of its volume. For a proper reading and understanding it should be read...
Topics: technology, ethics, flesh, existentialism, Heidegger, Arendt, Jung
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Aug 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Sistemas e redes de cooperação: da teoria à  prática Plano para palestra de abertura â Keynote address: por Kristo Ivanov 10° Congresso Brasileiro de Sistemas 28-30 de outubro 2014 FEA-RP da Universidade de S.Paulo Ribeirão Preto - SP - Brasil
Topics: CSCW, computer, supported, cooperative, work, systems
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Aug 18, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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COMPUTER SCIENCE AND GNOSTICISM . This is the title of my documentation on the occasion when I was engaged, in March 2003, as faculty opponent for the act of disputation of a doctoral dissertation at the department of computer science of the Lund Institute of Technology, Lund university. The extended bibliographic data of the object and stream of this research are as follows: ---  Persson, Erik (2002).  Shadows of cavernous shades: Charting the chiaroscuro of realistic computing . Lund: Lund...
Topics: virtual reality, computer science, theology, ethics, gnosticism, history of computing, philosophy...
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Aug 11, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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With increasing frequency I have been concluding my writings with references to religious aspects of the questions that in an academic context become rather theological questions. Most of the time after my retirement as emeritus has been dedicated to discovering and show how many problems I dealt with in information science eventually have to be boiled down terminating in theological questions. In doing so I have felt uncomfortable since I am painfully aware of living in an outspokenly secular...
Topics: Theology, scientism, physicalism, biologism, materialism, Carl Jung, Theodicy, Ethics, technology,...
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Feb 19, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This paper starts with a short history of the application of dialectical social systems approach in Sweden in the sixties, and emphasizes its later application to the field of information or inquiring systems. This is followed by a reflection on the meeting between the systems approach and some other approaches mainly in Scandinavia and Europe, notably the postmodern aestheticist trends of the eighties which grew further in the nineties and now apparently dominate the stage of many computer...
Topics: critical, interpretive, postmodernism, aesthetics, ethics, theology
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Feb 7, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Cultural criticism of societal computerization A methodological problem of human science Presented at the Tenth Conference of the International Human Science Research Association, Gothenburg, August 18-22, 1991. In the process of outlining and ideal comprehensive research program about the meaning of the ever increasing societal use of computers, questions arise about presuppositions, consequences, and ethical imperatives that should direct information technology. A subgroup is formed out of...
Topics: humanistic, human science, Geisteswissenschaft, disciplinary science, cultural criticism,...
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Feb 7, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This scanned manuscript of a tutorial paper written in 1974 summarizes some thoughts current at the time, regarding data-security. It considers the problem of its managerial evaluation in terms of three basic approaches: practical, decision-theoretical, and systems-analytical. The conclusion is that some present practical approaches require a stronger rational basis as an insurance against future failures. There is weak evidence for the claim that data-security efforts will enhance a vaguely...
Topics: accuracy, civil rights, freedom of expression, privacy, integrity, confidentiality, authorization,...
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Feb 6, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This is a bibliography on the the relation of university and society. It includes Ivanov's works in the area, and criticism of the changes in the university as institution,  with emphasis on the historical mission of universities and the influence of politics, economics, commerce, industry, and administrative behavior.
Topics: university politics, economics, economy, administration, history, colleges, new public management,...
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Feb 6, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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version 1705110940       Documentation on prof. C. West Churchman Related to Kristo Ivanov's home pages ( archived ) Textual material C. West Churchman – article in Wikipedia An appreciation of C. W. Churchman – by Werner Ulrich at ISSS A bibliography of C. W. Churchman and additional material – by Werner Ulrich ©Video: Interview Churchman interview by Ivanov at Umeå University on 30 April 1987  (2 hours) ( Introductory review of the video & transcript , also  in pdf , by Sjon...
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Feb 5, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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REASON AND VALUES EXEMPLIFIED IN GENDER ISSUES   by Kristo Ivanov, prof. em., Umeå University (2017, version 191125-1650)     This is an introduction or preface to a scanned manuscript (353 pages, in Swedish) written between 1977 and 1979 prior to my appointment as full professor of informatics, with pressing obligations and scarcity of time that stopped this kind of research. It analyzes the difference between a supposedly "masculine" techno-logical thought as embodied in...
Topics: masculinity, femininity, feminism, reason, value, feelings, sensation, perception, intuition,...
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Feb 5, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This archive consists of three separate papers written at ages 70, 75 and 80. On occasion of my 75th birthday in October 2012, and as a response to inquiries about "final" research results, thoughts and feelings, both professional and personal, I presented a text in the form of a few relevant excerpts from the Bible's Ecclesiastes with some pertinent additions. Additional strong personal emotions and insights with far reaching intellectual implications for me were lately fomulated in...
Topics: research, Ecclesiastes, death, aging
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Feb 5, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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The paper (in Swedish) describes the perceived process of bureaucratization of the university and shift of focus from teaching and research to administration. It can be related to the phenomenon of so called political correctness. The text is completed by a separate bibliography that takes into account the criticism that historically has been directed against what should be considered as the main missions of the university institution.
Topics: university, teaching, research, bureaucracy, planning och program budgeting, new public management
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This is a contribution (in Swedish) to the criticism of the perceived evolution of  the Swedish universities, based on personal experiences in the computer and informations fields as taught and researched in a university. It is part of the publication Vetenskap och vett: Till frågan om universitetets roll, Linköping University, (1985, ISBN 91-7372-925-6).
Topics: university, management, strategy, teaching, research, profitability
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This is a commentary to "Exploring the intellectual structures of information systems development: A social action theoretic analysis", paper by R. Hirschheim, H.K. Klein, and K. Lyytinen. Pre-print version.  In Accounting, Management and Information Technologies, (renamed Information & Organization), 6, 1996. What seems to be a main conclusion of the commented paper, the need for pluralism in ISD research, can be framed as being the original problem that the application of...
Topics: systems, network, context, pluralism, learning, argumentation, power, justice
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Feb 4, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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The management agenda refers to the approaches advanced under such labels as strategy and organization: aligning business strategy with technical systems' architecture, stardardization of data and equipment including protocols and gateways, flexibility that provides opportunities for new applications and new businesses, security, etc. What seems to be central to this approach, sinthesizing most of the used keywords, is the concept of strategy. In fact, it includes the question of flexibility in...
Topics: Management, organization, information, infrastructure, alignment, strategy, architecture,...
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Feb 4, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Abstract: This paper introduces some general features of the idea of hypersystem seen as a general computer-technological implementation of the concept of a self-learning social system. It can be also seen as a blueprint for human-computer interaction in continuous systems reconstruction. A hypersystem-base is presented in terms of a matrix that also suggests some necessary future developments of preliminary attempts in terms of what has been called co-constructive systems. Hypersystem computer...
Topics: Hypermedia, social systems, constructivism, educational technology, evolutionary systems,...
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Feb 4, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This paper introduces a French work on ancient Chinese strategy, Jullien, F. (1996) Traité de l'efficacité [Treatise on efficacy], Paris: Grasset,  as a way of understanding some of the difficulties of the Westerns approach to information-technology (IT) design and strategy. The work integrates two elements into a complex structure: first, a notion of efficacy that is parallel to the Western one used in evaluating the applications of computer technology, and second, certain well integrated...
Topics: action, aesthetics, art, beauty, care, change, chinese, context, creativity, cultivation, decision,...
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Feb 4, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This word & issue index (in html-format, with an earlier version in pdf-format)  is customized to the purpose of fostering wider and deeper applications of a systems approach as related to scientific method and represented by West Churchman's book The Design of Inquiring Systems. The book appears to have been   motivated by the first hype in the sixties about Artificial Intelligence (AI) with its apparently unrelated subfields except in terms of "logic", and with implications...
Topics: artificial intelligence, AI, philosophy of science, scientific method, logic, cultural criticism,...
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Feb 4, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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The 40th Jubileum of the Department which eventually was named "Computer and systems sciences" (CSS) at Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology is an opportunity to expand and complement some of my earlier memories and thoughts about the field's disciplines and people. I am grateful for having been invited to contribute in writing to this celebration, and I refer the reader to turn to my earlier memories for a more academic treatment of history that is pertinent to...
Topics: computer science, information science, systems science, religion, university, postmodernity
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Feb 4, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This paper presents a summary of some features of soft systems methodology—SSM, and of critical systems thinking—CST as they have been experienced from the point of view of the field of applications of information technology. It highlights the manner in which CST completes SSM in the context of the design of computer support in the form of HYPERSYSTEMS, and evidences some problematic aspects of the two approaches that push the practitioner into philosophical issues. One concluding...
Topics: Critical social theory, liberating systems, cooperative work, constructive systems, hypertext, soft...
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Feb 3, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This is an overview over selected research, with short summaries
Topics: information, informatics, system science, cultural criticism, philosophy of technology
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Feb 3, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Prof. em. Kristo Ivanov  Department of informatics Umeå University SE-901 87 UMEÅ (Sweden) Welcome to Kristo Ivanov's home page linked here below. You are  welcome to  private  mail address or at the  university   with any comments or questions you may have.   [Proceed to the HTML-file " index.html "]
Topics: research, teaching, biography, blog, cultural criticism
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Feb 3, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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A subsystem in the design of informatics: Recalling an archetypal engineer. Contribution to Börje Langefors' festschrift, 80 years, 1995 Early memories and academic environment In 1969 a no longer so young electronic engineer at the age of 31 asked for an appointment with the professor of Administrative Data Processing in Stockholm, Börje Langefors. That engineer is now writing this paper. I intended to discuss my plan to ask my employer, an international computer manufacturer and seller, for...
Topics: Informatics, definition, Langefors, Stockholm university, Royal Institute of Technology, history,...
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Feb 3, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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In 2006 two Swedish historians, Henrik Berggren and Lars Trägårdh, published a "monumental" book with the provocative title of Är Svensken Människa? [Is the Swede a Human Being? Also translated into German].  This text (October 2012) is a review of the academically ambitious book  Är Svensken Människa? [ Is the Swede a Human Being?] by historians Henrik Berggren and Lars Trägårdh. The book is a statement and an explanation of Swedish national identity and character as...
Topics: Sweden, Swedish national identity, politics, ethics, secularisation, free love, family, social...
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This is an application of my doctoral dissertation on Quality-control of information to an analysis of the presuppositions and effects of the computerization of the relations between government, businesses and citizens in Sweden as originally experienced by the Swedish Employers Association. The investigation identified the phenomenon as an expression of the doctrine of legal positivism  and of an ideology that also was later expressed in my review of the book (in Swedish) Is the Swede a...
Topics: systems, computers, regulation, integrity, privacy, legal positivism, freedom, accuracy, business,...
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Feb 3, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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This research considers the ethics implied by Philip Zimbardo's  The Lucifer Effect: How Good People turn Evil (Random House: 2007). The review that follows is focuses on the "why of the how", and is motivated by my disappointment in witnessing what I perceived as a decreasing interest for ethical aspects in the work by researchers and students at universities, not to mention managers, administrators and politicians in the society at large. The question which attracted my interest...
Topics: ethics, research, information, theology, psychology
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Feb 3, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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The events that reached and surprised the general public with the worldwide known cases of Wikileaks' Julian Assange and the NSA contractor Edward Snowden indicate that there is a general naïve attitude to these matters and the belief that computer supported information and communication (ICT) has a democratic potential transcending the power of daily old-fashioned politics and finance. This attitude may very well be a late version of the quasi-religious belief in the saving potential of...
Topics: secrecy, integrity, freedom of expression, spionage
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Feb 3, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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What follows is an analysis of an article by Massimo Calabresi in TIME Magazine on "WikiLeak's War on Secrecy" (printed in vol. 176, No. 24, December 13, 2010, pp. 20-27) in terms of my doctoral dissertation Quality-control of Information (1972) and its summary with extensions in the book Systemutveckling och Rättssäkerhet (1986, in Swedish, title to be translated as "Systems Development and Rule of Law", in pdf-format 66MB). The purpose is to foster the application of a...
Topics: Secrecy, freedom of expression, espionage, information, politics, fake news, secrecy, mass media,...
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This is an essay that is mainly a long book review of Howard Schwartz's Society against itself: Political correctness and organizational self-destruction (London, Karnac Books, 2010), addressing a social, psychological and political phenomenon that later. After my writing this review, it has also been treated by the same author in a later book, Political correctness and the destruction of social order, (2016), as well as in theoretically rather unrelated approaches by others such as Bruce...
Topics: Political correctness, organizational psychology, organizational psychology
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Feb 3, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Those who worked with computers in the early seventies could experience, as I did, that there were as there are ongoing "religious wars" about the relative merits of different brands of computers and especially of programming languages, not to mention methods of systems development or maintenance or IT-management or whatever new buzzword is daily invented. During the defense of my Ph.D. dissertation on Quality-Control of Information (1972) at the Royal Institute of Technology and...
Topics: Misunderstanding, feminism, analytical psychology, Jung
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The purpose of this confessional-working seminar is the same as expressed in a couple of elaborated excerpts that were published as Ivanov, K. (2000). Platonic information technology. Reading Plato: Cultural influences and philosophical reflection on information and technology. In Proc. of ISTAS 2000, IEEE Int. Symposium on Technology and Society, 6-8 September 2000, Rome, Italy (pp. 163-168). New York: IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers' Society for Social Implications of...
Topics: information, systems, Plato, philosophy,, information management, artificial intelligence,...
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Feb 1, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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Contents Abstract This paper is intended to assist those who develop, use, maintain, audit, or in general may be affected by so-called Data-Banks and Management Information Systems. One purpose  of the paper is to recognize the importance of accuracy, or more generally of quality of information. Data-Banks and Management Information Systems may typically imply some processing performed on externally obtained measurements and pre-processed inputs, while their outputs may be stored and used by...
Topics: Information, system, design, data quality, fake news, big data, database, truth, quality control,...
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Jan 30, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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A summary and review in English of an ambitious and complex  French book by Daniel Cérézuelle  on philosophy of technology, including information and communication technology. The review includes links to other relevant research including my own, as well as links to material that furthers research in this area. It includes also comments on the particular phenomenological approach, the "philosophy of the body", its relation to postmodernism and aestheticist design, and possible...
Topics: philosophy, technology, ethics, computers, information, system
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This is a text complementing one item in my weblog item on Mass Murder Tragedy in Norway, and Christian democracy , archived in Internet Archive as part of the whole blog . On 25 July 2011 in an interview at the Swedish radio a journalist wanted that the Swedish prime minister should have swiftly commented with better rhetorics the tragedy of mass murder in Norway caused by the by now  herostratically  famous  Anders Behring Breivik . I believe that what the journalist wanted was a more...
Topics: Mass murder, ethics, Breivik, feminism, provocation, SCUM, theology
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This unconventional weblog is intended to allow me to formulate thoughts which burden my mind and cry out for expression, while satisfying the wish of readers to know more about them. In due time these thoughts may find their way to be refined and ordered in my Work In Progress (forthcoming). In the meantime I think that the references and the basic material I am working on can help others in their parallel efforts. Psychologically I may be writing in the spirit of "Dixi et salvavi animam...
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Jan 30, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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In the search for an understanding of the "essence" of computation in order to better grasp the intellectual impact of information technology I decided to look into controversies about the foundations of mathematics and logic as bases of formalisms that are embodied in computers, such as boolean algebra and binary arithmetic for digital electronics, algorithm theory and numerical analysis, analytic geometry for graphics, and symbolic logic for software development. 
Topics: computers, information, systems, foundations, Brouwer, technology, philosophy, language, ethics,...
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Jan 30, 2018 Kristo Ivanov
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A description and analysis of difficulties to pursue debates. All based on the concepts of data, information, and system. 
Topics: information, debate, peer review, publication, information, consensus, debate, discussion, dispute,...