The first time I heard about Vasilis van Gemert’s experiment, in the lead-up to his talk at beyond tellerrand Berlin 2017, I openly admit it took me a moment to get my head around the idea. The thinking he applies to challenge and extend prevailing perspectives of “inclusion” can […]
This paper tickles my brain not just in the privacy domain, but neatly ties it into my interest in technology non-use.
The researchers test the so-called shadow profile hypothesis: “the data shared by the users of an online service predicts personal information of non-users of the […]
In this thorough and historically grounded analysis of “sameness” in design (a write-up of a conference talk), Thomas Byttebier discusses various aspects of why a lot of things look alike, what might be problematic aspects of that, but also the undeniable benefits of widely accepted […]
An incredibly good, and equally important, essay on why the by-products of digital business are even more toxic than the pollution caused by the industrial age. It’s a challenge at societal scale and needs to be treated like that.
An interesting hack project: a “teachable parasite” device (open source), feeding smart home assistants noise unless the user really wants to interact with them. It’s a small, remote-controlled device sitting on top of the home assistant, disturbing its microphones unless the user […]
A summary of Nick Couldry’s Nov 2018 lecture “Colonised by data: the hollowing out of digital society” at the Institut für Internet und Gesellschaft (HIIG) Berlin. The lecture builds on the comparison of today’s digital economy with traditional […]
I full-heartedly agree with Jeremy: print stylesheets are one more feature of universal website design, and they go together rather well with QR codes ...no matter how ugly, abused and underused they are.
This is a neat project: Ben Grosser’s browser extension “Twitter Demetricator” strips the Twitter UI of all displayed metrics such as likes, retweets etc. to inspire reflection on how these numbers affect us as we use the site: