Design for X? Distribution choices and ethical design

Elizabeth Goodman, Janet Amelia Vertesi

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Abstract

This paper investigates an especially value-laden product category: sex-oriented technologies. Reviewing four systems encountered through qualitative fieldwork at an adult entertainment trade show, we examine how designers make claims for distribution of agency in their systems, and the consequent technical choices. In the face of diverse configurations of systems, users, and designers, we suggest that designers treat their practice less as an expression of enduring or user-specific 'values,' and more as a series of decisions about the ethical distribution of control and responsibility within systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
Pages81-90
Number of pages10
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 27 2012
Event30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: May 5 2012May 10 2012

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period5/5/125/10/12

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

Keywords

  • design
  • sexuality
  • values

Cite this

Goodman, E., & Vertesi, J. A. (2012). Design for X? Distribution choices and ethical design. In Extended Abstracts - The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2012 (pp. 81-90). (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1145/2212776.2212786