Writing software is an inexact art, and the uniform consensus of experts in the field is that software developers cannot avoid producing bad code as a matter of ordinary course. Yet software is ubiquitous and socially vital. Recent events like the Boeing 737 MAX crashes and the failures of the Iowa Democratic Party’s app during the 2020 primary elections raise questions about whether software developers should take greater personal responsibility for the software they create.
Please join JOLT, the Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, as we host Professor Bryan Choi for a discussion of his recent article, Software as a Profession. Professor Choi is an Assistant Professor of Law and Computer Science & Engineering at The Ohio State University. He has held positions at the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s Center for Technology, Innovation, & Competition; the Yale Law School Information Society Project; and New York Law School. Prior to entering academia, he clerked for Judge William C. Bryson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Judge Leonard I. Garth of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Choi is also a graduate of HLS and a JOLT alumnus.