Sex, Drugs and Privacy: What does it mean for design?


Sex, Drugs and Privacy: What does it mean for design?

Interaction Design Lab
Level 9, Doug McDonell Building (Building 168)


The individual right to privacy is dead. The proliferation of big data analytics, context-destroying information systems, and 'black-boxed' algorithms refocuses privacy from individual to groups. This shift from the individual to the group also puts into focus the social aspects of privacy. In the field of design, the dominant privacy narrative has come from the Privacy by Design (pbD) literature. However, PbD does not capture the group and social aspects of privacy. In addition, PbD has become the playground of engineers. It is time for designers to reclaim the space of PbD, by taking a critical perspective on what we mean by privacy, and how we consider it at every stage of the design process.

This talk was given at the UX 2019 conference and dives deep into the role of power and capital in the negotiating privacy norms. It considers the role of users in the design process and the role of designers in the process of technology appropriation. It aims to challenge the dominant privacy discourse and make privacy a core issue for designers.


  •  Timothy Kariotis
    Timothy Kariotis, University of Melbourne