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28 March 2024 6:00 PM CET / 1:00 PM EDT

Join for a riveting exploration into the murky waters of 'dark patterns' online. Delve into how these cunning design strategies compromise autonomy and wallets. Dr. Leiser will dissect current laws like the GDPR and Digital Services Act, revealing how Big Tech outmaneuvers them. Attendees will learn to spot these traps and leverage legal mechanisms for protection. It's a call for more vigilant digital citizenship in the face of technology's ubiquitous influence.

Lorentz Center @ Oort, Leiden, The Netherlands

29 January - 2 February 2024

The Workshop on Fair Design Patterns aims to forge a collaborative space where legal, human-computer interaction, and economic experts converge to define ethical and user-friendly interfaces. Against the backdrop of pervasive dark patterns in digital services, the workshop seeks to create a library of fair design patterns, aligning with legal standards such as the Digital Services Act and considering business needs and UI/UX requirements. The objective is to provide practical guidelines for seamless implementation across diverse contexts, fostering a shared transdisciplinary vocabulary to enhance communication among experts in different fields. By cultivating an intersectoral community, the workshop endeavors to spark joint projects and concrete solutions to dark patterns, ultimately promoting a future where digital services prioritize user autonomy, ethical design, and fair competition.
In this episode of OPENBOX, Marie Potel-Saville, CEO of amurabi and founder of Fair-Patterns, shares insights on tackling deceptive designs. Marie sheds light on key considerations and how fair patterns revolutionize business propositions, aiming for more ethical and transparent practices in the digital sphere. Tune in for a concise yet compelling discussion on this critical issue.


30 Nov 2023 9:00 - 13:00 CET

The European Commission is hosting its third Annual Digital Consumer Event, inviting the public, academics, consumer and business associations, and authorities to discuss current consumer challenges in the digital transition. Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, will open the event, followed by insights from the European Parliament's Committee for the Internal Market and Consumer Protection. The event will also feature the signing of the "Consumer Protection Pledge," integrating product safety and digital consumer rights commitments for online marketplaces.

European Parliament, SPINELLI Room 3H1, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels

7 Nov 2023 14:00 - 17:00 CET

On November 7, 2023, at 14:00 in the European Parliament in Brussels (Room ASP 3H1), a 90-minute workshop will be hosted by MEP Alex Agius Saliba and the European Tech Alliance (EUTA). The event will focus on discussions regarding ethical digital interfaces, legitimate design, and online user privacy. This presents a unique opportunity to engage with policymakers, tech leaders, and consumer advocates.
In this Nobel Prize Summit, a workshop on deceptive design is hosted by Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue and the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Minderoo Centre for Technology and Democracy, University of Cambridge. This workshop of experts aims to explore how lawmakers and regulators on both sides of the Atlantic are tackling the issue of deceptive design and explore how lessons learned on both shores can help provide global regulatory solutions. Several notable speakers will take part in the workshop, including Harry Brignull, who first coined the term "Dark Pattern" in 2010.

Eindhoven, Netherlands

July 19, 2023 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (UTC+2)

ACM Conversational User Interfaces (CUI) 2023 will be held in Eindhoven, Netherlands from 19-21st July in 2023. The in-cooperation conference will integrate a workshop organized into two sessions. Both the conference and the workshop are to be held in a hybrid format. The workshop will be held through a keynote by Colin Gray on dark patterns in a surveillance capitalistic world. These conferences/workshops highlight the major challenges of dark patterns in users' online experience, and highlight the risks they represent.

Framework Coworking 35 King Street · Bristol City

June 22, 2023 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (UTC+1)

After their successful event "Generative AI: The next big revolution?" in March, Tech Ethics Bristol is organizing a new event "Dark Patterns: All you need to know". This event aims to explore the concept of Dark Patterns, their impact on our decisions, privacy, and autonomy, and the ethical implications of these deceptive design techniques. For this event, 4 speakers will shed light on the harms of dark patterns, how they erode trust, and what we can do about them. Speakers include Colin Gavaghan, Professor of Digital Futures at the University of Bristol. Lisa Talia Moretti, Digital Sociologist and User Research Principal at AND Digital. Ben Byford, Games Designer, Ethicist and Host of the Machine Ethics Podcast. Ray Newman, Senior content design consultant at SPARCK.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner

This event is scheduled to hold on the 10th of May, 2023 from 11:00 to 12:00

Ever wonder where the privacy settings are on Facebook? How often do you mindlessly agree to cookie consent pop ups without thinking? Are you bamboozled by opt in/out questions? These deceptive tricks are known as “dark patterns”: interface design techniques that aim to trick or mislead Internet users. In this talk, guest Dr. Alex Beattie reveals the degree of the presence of dark patterns across the New Zealand Internet. He demonstrates how dark patterns cluster around online financial transactions and discusses how these tricks actively undermine user privacy. He will show how dark patterns are deployed as mechanisms to drive business revenue, facilitate customer surveillance, and reduce business operations costs. The talk will conclude with a sneak peek about his future research into the efficacy of dark patterns.
A large literature demonstrates that dark patterns fulfill their objectives more easily when they are used on mobile applications, in particular mobile game applications. The context of use of said applications generates decision-making based on System 1 (Kahneman) and heuristics, which is fast and inexpensive in terms of cognitive costs. Beyond the visible direct consequences, these techniques contribute to the reinforcement of generalized behavioral manipulation practices which question our collective relationship to the progress of techniques and question our social contract in the digital age. This communication given by Fabien Lechevalier of Laval University and Marie Potel of Amurabi aims to provide an overview of the regulatory framework governing dark patterns, identify its shortcomings, and to propose sustainable regulatory solutions that really take into account human cognitive limits.

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