Ethics in Usability Research: Invasive Tracking

Shadowing, monitoring, and recording of users has become increasingly sophisticated. As these services become more robust, providing increasingly granular and specific information, they can raise the risk level for users. They tout many advantages for researchers but their activities are often non-consensual with respect to users. The user is unaware of their depth or just how much they are divulging while simply browsing.… Continue Reading »

Ethics in Usability Research: Exposing Dark Patterns

 

 

User experience professionals are currently positioned as the greatest potential perpetrators of, as well as the first line of defense against abusive design. We must understand the nuanced modus operandi behind dark design practices and examine our own and others’ context, intent,, and execution. This discussion on dark patterns seeks to encourage our Pratt community to advocate for user-centric design as future professionals.… Continue Reading »

Internal Review: Ethical Concerns of C/D Testing by Private Companies

Introduction

 

A/B testing has long been a tactic for companies evaluatingtwo versions of a landing page, web page or mobile app feature” (Rawat). The most common A/B scenario involves changing aesthetic details like button size or graphics adjustments and deploying those changes among active users to test their effect. However, the ethical impropriety of major social networks exempt from the federal “common rule” have created a sinister perversion of the A/B test that is deeper, more deceptive, and reliant on implicit rather than informed consent.Continue Reading »

Good Robot, Bad Robot: The Ethics of AI

Link to blog: http://ixd.prattsi.org/2018/10/good-robot-bad-robot-the-ethics-of-ai/

 

Introduction: The ethically-minded have always weighed benefit and risk when it comes to AI becoming more prevalent in everyday life. The topic has been picked apart in everything from pulpy sci-fi novels from the 50s to well-regarded popular scientific journals of today, where ever-increasing human-like AI are now commonplace.

This blog post will explore modern viewpoints pertaining to the ethics of artificial intelligence.… Continue Reading »

Issues Evident in Contemporary Internet & Social Media Research

This blog is part of the series Usability in the Real World: Ethics in Usability Research

Abstract: While there are many cases for a ‘unified code’, the information science and technology industry hardly has centralized ethics codes. There are two, significant explanations that intend to offer the possibilities for the absence of the so-called ‘unified code’.Continue Reading »

Ideas & Issues

Introduction

If you paid any attention to video game news in the past year, you will have no doubt heard volumes about the Star Wars Battlefront 2 Loot Box controversy. In essence, the publisher of the game, Electronic Arts, utilized a micro-transaction model in the game’s multiplayer. This was widely frowned upon due to exploitative way in which it was implemented.… Continue Reading »