Platform Ethics in Technology : What Happens to the User?

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Title Platform Ethics in Technology : What Happens to the User?
Author Reddy, Anuradha ; Hellström Reimer, Maria
Editor Storni, Cristiano ; Leahy, Keelin ; McMahon, Muireann ; Lloyd, Peter ; Bohemia, Erik
Date 2018
English abstract
In recent times, the design of technology platforms has been largely driven by the optimization of data flows in large-scale urban initiatives. Even though many platforms have good intentions, rising expectations for data efficiency and reliability, the configuration of users and user’s interactions inevitably have ethical consequences. It has become increasingly difficult to foresee how a wide diversity of users fares against a spatially complex and materially incomplete management and distribution of data flows. Through the logic of platformization, we explore how this plays out in the context of open mapping platforms - in the case of an individual elderly street-mapper, Stig. Drawing from design anthropology, we present an anecdotal account of Stig’s experiences of street mapping, showcasing his attempts to adapt to the demands of the mapping platform sometimes at the expense of his own wellbeing. Opening up to the complexity of the situation, we discuss the ethical dissonances of platforms, hence questioning the role of design in such complex modes of data production and consumption.
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Design Research Society (25-28 June 2018 : Limerick, Ireland)
Link http://www.drs2018limerick.org/participation/proceedings .Icon
Publisher Design Research Society
Host/Issue Proceedings of DRS 2018;1
ISBN 9781912294169
Language eng (iso)
Subject Platforms
Ethics
Technology
Anthropology
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/25755 Permalink to this page
Link http://www.drs2018limerick.org/... (external link to related web page)
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