The Challenges of the Values Advocate

When Ask.com launched AskEraser, a new service which promises to protect user privacy by, upon request, deleting users’ search activity from Ask.com servers, I applauded the effort, but also pointed out some of its shortcomings. The privacy advocacy group EPIC,…

Yale ISP Reading Group: Technology, Law, Society, Values and Design

This spring I am running a reading group at the Yale Information Society Project (but open to all) titled "Technology, Law, Society, Values and Design." The description and draft syllabus are below -- comments and suggestions are welcome! Technology, Law,…

Graduate Student Workshop: Values in Computer and Information System Design

A few years ago I was privileged to attend the Graduate Student Workshop on Values in Computer and Information System Design, hosted by Geoffrey Bowker and Helen Nissenbaum, at the Center for Science, Technology, and Society at Santa Clara University.…

Dear Facebook, Google: Please Engage in Value-Conscious Design

Much of my research strives to extend my broader social, political, and ethical explorations of information and communication technologies beyond the halls of academia and into “real-world” design contexts to pragmatically engage with designers and advocate for the value-conscious design…

Facebook Changes Beacon to How it Should Have Been Designed in the First Place

As expected, Facebook has announced changes to their controversial Beacon advertising system where users' off-site purchasing activities can be automatically displayed in the Facebook feed. The New York Times reports these changes: Stories about actions users take on external websites…

Privacy and Quaero’s Quest for the Perfect Search Engine: Threats and Opportunities

I'm in Maastricht today participating in the "Forum on Quaero: A public think tank on the politics of the search engine." In my talk, "Privacy and Quaero's Quest for the Perfect Search Engine: Threats and Opportunities," I call on the…

CEPE 2007: Seventh International Computer Ethics Conference

Noëmi Manders-Huits (Delft University of Technology) and I have been accepted to present our paper “Values and pragmatic action: The challenges of engagement with technical design communities” at CEPE 2007: Seventh International Conference of Computer Ethics: Philosophical Enquiry, hosted by…