Values in Design of Future Internet Architecture
Apr19

Values in Design of Future Internet Architecture

A central theme in much of my research and advocacy is ensuring attention to ethical values becomes an integral part of the conception, design, and development of information systems. Various frameworks have been developed to help pursue this goal (ie, value-sensitive design, values at play, critical technical practice), which can collectively be termed Values-In-Design (VID). Broadly, VID seeks to broaden the criteria for judging the...

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Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice
Apr02

Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice

I’ve received a preview copy of an important forthcoming volume, “Design and Ethics: Reflections on Practice,” edited by Emma Felton, Oksana Zelenko, Suzi Vaughan. This book marks an important contribution to the growing “ethical design” or “values in design” community of scholars and practitioners. From the publisher: The value of design for contributing to environmental solutions and a...

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iConference 2012: The ethical (re)design of the Google Books project

I’m currently in Toronto, Canada for iConference 2012, presented by the iSchools organization, a worldwide collective of 33 Information Schools. The theme of the conference is “Culture-Design-Society”, and I will be presenting a paper titled “The ethical (re)design of the Google Books project”. The paper is available in the ACM digital library; the abstract and copy of my slides are below. Zimmer, M....

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Firefox 5 Adds Cross-Platform "Do Not Track", and Puts it in Privacy Tab
Jun21

Firefox 5 Adds Cross-Platform "Do Not Track", and Puts it in Privacy Tab

A few months ago Mozilla released Firefox 4, which featured an important “Do Not Track” function which informs websites and advertisers whether you wish to have your activity monitored and collected for behavioral targeting purposes. The problem, however, was that Firefox essentially buried the option, forcing users to stumble upon it on the “Advanced” tab of their preference, rather than the more logical...

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Firefox 4 Adds "Do Not Track", but Buries It
Mar23

Firefox 4 Adds "Do Not Track", but Buries It

Mozilla has released Firefox version 4, featuring a new look and feel (Chrome, anyone?), and new privacy and security features. The feature with the most potential — and the most buzz — is “Do Not Track,” which “lets you tell websites you don’t want your browsing behavior tracked.” This is an important step towards giving Web users more control over how their digital steps are being monitored and...

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