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  • Bookmark: The Digital Human – Jigsaw

    This brilliant Podcast episode makes the rather abstract formula that "privacy is not about individuals' decisions" tangible through real-life examples.

  • How did the GDPR come to be? And what do a film maker and two NGOs think about it?

    Brief notes from a public screening of “Democracy”, an award-winning documentary about how the new European data protection law came to be, followed by a podium discussion with the director and representatives of privacy NGOs. I’ve praised and recommended this film before: “Democracy – Im Rausch der Daten”. Even watching it again, at an event […]

  • IxDA Berlin #69: Inclusion and diversity – first hand

    25 September 2018 marked the first World Interaction Design Day, running under the global theme of “Diversity and Inclusion in Design”. The Berlin IxDA chapter arranged an inspiring event, inviting two speakers who examine these issues both personally and professionally. My preferred conference talks are commonly those with a personal story behind. The latest IxDA […]

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    “Make something usable, relevant and simple for anyone to use” — Eriol Fox, on diversity in design at IxDA Berlin #69

  • Bookmark: The Tyranny of Convenience

    This NYT op-ed by Tim Wu speaks to me in so many ways. It links my fascination for research on technology non-use with what I call a "constructively critical approach" to interaction design, and justifies all the countless days invested in debates on the Indieweb, on discussions about decentralisation and empowerment, on considering alternatives to mainstream solutions and working to promote the value of design ethics.

  • Event picks for Privacy Week Berlin 2018

    Privacy Week Berlin is taking place next week for the first time, with a range of interesting events (mostly in German, it appears). Here are my picks, if only my schedules allow.

  • Bookmark: Software disenchantment

    This is "design" turned upside down - complete ignorance for the user. Bigger, more complex, poor performance. Wasn't the main reason we are doing this to solve people's problems, not create new ones?

  • The costs and benefits of tracking scripts – business vs. user

    Jeremy Keith: "Too many businesses treat analytics and tracking scripts as victimless technologies—they only see the benefits (in data acquisation) without understanding the costs (in performance)."

  • Upcoming talk at Webkongress Erlangen, 11-13 Sep 2018

    On my blog: a teaser on one topic from my #wke2018 “Privacy as UX” talk: User-centred transparency design for privacy – Part I: The layered approach German-speaking web professional? Join us at Webkongress Erlangen, 11-13 Sep!  

  • User-centred transparency design for privacy – Part I: The layered approach

    The EDPB’s official “Guidelines on Transparency” under GDPR are a valuable, yet little-known, resource for designers. In this article series, I examine the 40-pager for contributions on putting individuals in control of their personal data through user-centred design – beyond compliance, but by discussing ideas for truly privacy-centred user experience. The goal of various guideline […]

  • Reposting a Tweet by Jared Spool

    This. One of the things I enjoy most about doing research is to unveil realities that are different from what everybody “believed to know”.

  • Bookmark: Report: Deceived by Design

    A detailed report, documenting how Google, Facebook and Microsoft use UI dark patterns to deceive and manipulate users towards accepting low privacy defaults; by the Norwegian Consumer Council.

  • Bookmark: Modern myth: Nothing to hide? Collected responses to a dangerous fallacy

    Anyone who is concerned with surveillance will hear this statement over and over again. Though dangerous and false, it is very persistent. And we are fed up with it. Ten points against the notion that you have “nothing to hide”.

  • IxDA Berlin #67: The strategic role of UX research

    What made the combination of these two talks so powerful is their underlying message in combination: (UX) research is all about asking the right questions, using the right tools and embedding the activities in the organisational context to fit the processes, but maybe even more importantly to inject user-centred thinking into team culture.

  • Reposting a Tweet by Webkongress Erlangen ‏

    Exciting! Got invited to present my latest “Privacy as UX” talk at the “Webkongress Erlangen” conference in September, alongside a great a11y & webdev/des line-up (event in German)

  • Self-hosting maps: taking control over UX and users’ privacy

    OpenMapTiles allows for efficient self-hosting of embeddable OSM maps without significant resource requirements and with reasonable effort for a web professional.

  • Reposting a Tweet by Frederike Kaltheuner

    "Privacy was once misconstrued as being about hiding and secrecy. Now it’s understood to be something much more pressing: power dynamics between the individual, the state and the market."

  • Can we PLEASE talk about privacy, not GDPR, now?

    Let’s not bury this under “achievement unlocked by May 25” but use the momentum to work on new ideas how to proceed from here. Likely everybody had to take shortcuts in recent weeks. Now, with pressure off, is the time to share what we have learned – and continue to keep working on new ideas for privacy first, compliance second.

  • Reposting a Tweet by DataEthics

    "Data Ethics" is an inspiring book making the case for ethical design of businesses and products; PDF now available for free

  • Next week: “Website Privacy Extreme” in Helsinki (Wed 16.5.)

    10 more days to go, and we will assemble for an evening to discuss and work on improving the privacy of our websites (for real, not for "GDPR compliance").