• 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

    70 years ago today, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted. Article 12 grants protection of privacy.

  • Discussing design ethics at World Usability Day Hamburg 2018

    This year's World Usability Day featured "Design for Good or Evil", and I got the opportunity to attend the Hamburg edition of this always-inspiring global community event. With a topic so close to my heart, it was great to attend a range of sessions surrounding design ethics and meet interesting people.

  • I got “sketchnoted”!

    Big thank you to Ania Groß for this souvenir from Hamburg.

  • Rail travelers need web accessibility, too!

    Using train WiFi on a Deutsche Bahn train is a great example how accessibility efforts (here: image alt text on Twitter) benefit everybody.

  • Links und Quellen zu meinem Talk beim World Usability Day Hamburg 2018

    [In German] Sources and mentioned resources from my talk on "Privacy as UX" at the World Usability Day 2018 in Hamburg/Germany.

  • User-centred transparency design for privacy – Part II: Content design

    This follow-up on the "layered approach" discusses the EDPB guidelines’ suggestions for shaping the transparency information itself: content, language, accessibility, intelligibility, etc.

  • Reposting a Tweet by World Usability Day

    8 Nov is World Usability Day – the 2018 motto is “Design for Good or Evil”. I am thrilled about being invited to present on “Privacy as UX” at the WUD Hamburg/Germany (event in German), and excited for a day of inspiring talks and people!

  • Bookmark: Designing accessible web with privacy – when web browsing reveals information

    Lukasz Olejnik presents how implementing accessibility in browsers may compromise the privacy of users of assistive technology.

  • 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.