People might actually use this

A presentation at Aracon in in Berlin, Germany by Laura Kalbag

People might actually use this

People might actually use this

Assertions…

Assertions…

1: Today’s technology forms much of our social and labour infrastructure.

1: Today’s technology forms much of our social and labour infrastructure.

2: Current mainstream technology has the business model of surveillance capitalism.

2: Current mainstream technology has the business model of surveillance capitalism.

3: Technology inherits the biases of its creators.

3: Technology inherits the biases of its creators.

4: Technology has a huge impact on society and democracy.

4: Technology has a huge impact on society and democracy.

5: These are systemic issues.

5: These are systemic issues.

We can’t pretend that technology can fix issues with people. (It can’t.)

We can’t pretend that technology can fix issues with people. (It can’t.)

But we can build ethical technology as an alternative to mainstream technology.

But we can build ethical technology as an alternative to mainstream technology.

We can give people the choice.

We can give people the choice.

To make something better, we have to actively reject the status quo.

To make something better, we have to actively reject the status quo.

We must continually challenge our own work.

We must continually challenge our own work.

What is wrong with today’s decentralised technology?

What is wrong with today’s decentralised technology?

Intent

Intent

Seeds

Seeds

What are we building?

What are we building?

They’re all for people.

They’re all for people.

So we should design it and build it like someone might actually use it.

So we should design it and build it like someone might actually use it.

Funding model

Funding model

The funding model is the seed.

The funding model is the seed.

This is why *where* the funding comes from is important.

This is why *where* the funding comes from is important.

We don’t just have to avoid building harmful technology, we have to actively work to build something positive.

We don’t just have to avoid building harmful technology, we have to actively work to build something positive.

Ethical Design Manifesto

Ethical Design Manifesto

Back to those seeds.

Back to those seeds.

The core of our fruit contains its most vital features

The core of our fruit contains its most vital features

Decentralised

Decentralised

Inclusive

Inclusive

Inclusive

Inclusive

Sustainable

Sustainable

Sustainable

Sustainable

Private

Private

Private

Private

Giving people the option to sell their own data is not privacy.

Giving people the option to sell their own data is not privacy.

Consent is impossible.

Consent is impossible.

Secure

Secure

Secure

Secure

Free and open

Free and open

Free and open

Free and open

Interoperable

Interoperable

Interoperable

Interoperable

Respects human rights

Respects human rights

Respect and protect civil liberties.

Respect and protect civil liberties.

Reduce inequity. Benefit democracy.

Reduce inequity. Benefit democracy.

Once we’ve got a product that respects human rights, we can move on to the flesh of our fruit.

Once we’ve got a product that respects human rights, we can move on to the flesh of our fruit.

Making products that actually work.

Making products that actually work.

Accessible.

Accessible.

Respects human effort

Respects human effort

Respects human experience

Respects human experience

Delight is not decoration.

Delight is not decoration.

Many products look delightful on the outside

Many products look delightful on the outside

But you don’t want to take a bite of that fruit

But you don’t want to take a bite of that fruit

Ethical Design

Ethical Design

That is our Ethical Design Manifesto

That is our Ethical Design Manifesto

Give me actions

Give me actions

1: Listen.

1: Listen.

Book list!

Book list!

2: Introspect.

2: Introspect.

3: Include.

3: Include.

4: Support.

4: Support.

5: Elevate.

5: Elevate.

Thank you.

Thank you.

Decentralisation is necessary to give people ownership and control of their own data, but it is not inherently ethical. Laura will discuss the importance of inclusive, accessible and ethical technology, and how we use these approaches to build decentralised technology that people might actually want to use.

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