Panel: Wouldn't It Be Nice to Have Software Labels?

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Panel: Wouldn't It Be Nice to Have Software Labels?

Panel Leaders: Paul E. Black (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and Elizabeth Fong (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Abstract

Companies in most industries realize that efficient operation of their computer systems depends on trusted software in order to satisfy their business functions. Would it be helpful if a buyer of a software product could look at a simple label and get information on which of 2 or more products is safer to use? This would help the buyer to decide which product was best for their business.

The goal of this project is to present relevant information to empower consumers to make the right decisions. Some of the possible criteria are that the software labeling and reporting are voluntary (not legislated), absolutely simple to produce, and content should be normalized across different scopes. Some of the possible criteria for contents are that the facts should be verifiable, objective, repeatable, and unambiguous.

This panel session will gather a group of users and experts to discuss pros and cons of having a software package label and its possible implementation.

Some of the Potential Panelists:


last updated 23 October 2010 - cgr