Justice and design

Duquenoy, Penny and Thimbleby, Harold (1999) Justice and design. In: Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '99. Sasse, M. Angela and Johnson, Chris, eds. IOS Press, Netherlands, pp. 281-286. ISBN 9780967335506. [Book Section]

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Within the field of HCI there are a number of preferred approaches towards design. As within other disciplines, these approahes are often irreconcilable. We explore the possibilities of using ethics as a way to bridge the gap and re-establish the design focus of doing good towards the user. This is the idea of 'justice' to aid improved design. According to Aristotle, justice is classed as a virtue: to do justice is to act for the good, wich is what is wanted for good HCI design. John Rawls's (1972) classic "A Theory of Justice", talks about justice as fairness, and it is in this context we apply justice to the area of design. We show some surprising links with HCI practice, and hence suggest some new perspectives on HCI.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords (uncontrolled): Ethics, justice, veil of ignorance, design.
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science > Aspects of Law and Ethics Related to Technology group
Item ID: 9880
Notes on copyright: IFIP (International Federation of Information Processing) as holder of the copyright gives permission for inclusion of this chapter in Middlesex Research Repository. Full citation to be included in any reference to the work.
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Depositing User: Penny Duquenoy
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2013 09:04
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 03:09
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/9880

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