Model for Informed Consent Online

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Method Overview

Model for Informed Consent is an approach for designing informed consent for online products and services. The method was developed to achieve five goals when interfacing with users including, disclosure, comprehension, voluntariness, competence, and agreement.

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Getting Started

You will need:

Materials: Make your metaphor cards using the template provided on the website.

Participants: 5 participants and above

Steps (Friedman, et al., 2000)

  1. Decide whether the Capability is exempt from Informed Consent
  2. Particular care must be taken when invoking the sanction of implicit consent for Web-based
  3. Defaults matter
  4. Put users in control of the “nuisance factor”
  5. Avoid technical jargon
  6. Provide the user choices in terms of potential effects rather than in terms of technical mechanisms
  7. Field test to help ensure adequate comprehension and opportunities for agreement
  8. Design proactively for informed consent.

Further Reading


Friedman, B., Felten, E., & Millett, L. I. (2000). Informed consent online: A conceptual model and design principles. University of Washington Computer Science & Engineering Technical Report 00–12–2, 8.

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