Eliciting Values Reflections by Engaging Privacy Futures Using Design Workbooks

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Method Overview

Eliciting Value Reflections is a design technique that allows designers to explore privacy features they should integrate into the design of a digital product right from the development phase of the product. The goal is to be proactive in ensuring that privacy values are integrated into the product beforehand, rather than surfaced after harm has occurred.

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Getting Started

You will need:

Materials: Design workbook with content and sample products that are to be considered for the potential for privacy violations.

Participants: 20 to unlimited participants

Steps (Wong, et. al, 2017)

  1. Select technologies that  
  2. First, come up with 3-5 core values (i.e. autonomy, safety, transparency, etc.).
  3. Next, come up with 3-5 entities (i.e. users, society, environment, etc.). 
  4. Finally, create combinations between the various core values and entities that you have, and pair each combination with 2-3 action statements.

Further Reading

Wong, R. Y., Mulligan, D. K., Van Wyk, E., Pierce, J., & Chuang, J. (2017). Eliciting values reflections by engaging privacy futures using design workbooks. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, 1(CSCW), 1-26.


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