Ethics and Design in the Brazilian Context

Piccolo, Lara; Arpetti, Alessandro and Hornung, Heiko (2015). Ethics and Design in the Brazilian Context. In: Baranauskas, Cecilia; de Souza, Clarisse and Pereira, Roberto eds. I GranDIHC-BR - Grand Research. Challenges in Human-Computer Interaction in Brazil. Cuiabá, Mato Grosso, Brazil: Brazilian Computer Society | SBC, p. 50.



Often driven by practical and immediate requirements, more and more people are incorporating technology into a variety of aspects of their lives, often without reflecting on the consequences of using them. On the other hand, studies on interactive system development that lead to behavioral change have been gaining ground on the agenda of large HCI conferences. This movement brings to the forefront the fundamental issues of ethics in design and technology use. A designer’s intentions, when directing certain actions or behaviors, are not always explicit or desired by the stakeholders affected by the use of the technology. Systems that induce an undesired purchase, or even those that use conditioning strategies to cause a behavioral change are examples of such intentions. The challenge proposed is therefore about the relationship between design and personal freedom in a way that these technology users do not become victims, either passively or submissively, of the effects of its use. This advance allows for the redefinition of the relationship between man and technology, and the application of new forms of designing and developing interactive systems that take into account the ethical aspects of this relationship.

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