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The Dark Side of Design

 Now, more than ever, designers and media makers are facing down tough ethical questions about their complicity in the insidiously addictive new modes of technology. There have been no shortage of words devoted to interrogating the dark side of our seemingly indispensable tech: Smartphones are hijacking our minds. Social media’s dopamine-driven feedback loops are ++++++++>

It’s Tricky: A Podcast About the Thorniest Problems in Journalism

In the inaugural episode of Tricky, Emily Bell and Heather Chaplin look at perhaps the greatest challenge facing journalism today: the fight to capture your attention. Journalism may be a pillar of democracy, but how can it compete with the persuasive design tactics that serve up everything from Instagram posts to dating apps? Examining persuasive ++++++++>

Technology, Addiction, and Time Well Spent

Time Well Spent, the nonprofit started by repentant persuasive technologist Tristan Harris, has launched the Center for Humane Technology, a group that includes tech CEOs, investors, scholars, and mindfulness advocates. “The race for attention is eroding the pillars of our society,“ the group’s website says. It warns that recent tech trends are putting our children, ++++++++>

Why Designers Need Better Ethics

A “sustainability provocateur” and Founder of the UnSchool of Disruptive Design, Leyla Acaroglu argues that many designers subscribe to codes of ethics at the level of their membership organizations, like the IDSA, AGDA, IGDA. But she says they have a responsibility to examine their own ethical frameworks, and not abdicate responsibility to people and institutions ++++++++>