Dark Patterns: Designing Website Interfaces to Sucker Punters

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This is an excellent twenty minute video of a slide presentation by Harry Brignull, one of the curators of the Dark Patterns website. Dark Patterns are defined on the site as: “User Interfaces that are designed…

Management of e-Reputation in Online Work Exchanges

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Recently Dr James Stewart gave a presentation entitled From Crowd to Cloud: the shaping and management of e-reputation in online freelance and crowdsourced work exchanges to Edinburgh University’s Social Informatics Forum. His talk drew on a…

Cultural Probes

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Last month there was a social informatics seminar by Siobhan Magee on the “Internet of Second-hand Things: Object biographies, consumption pathways and re-valuing goods“, a project based in the University of Edinburgh’s College of Art funded…

Trevor Pinch: Unmasking Amazon.com’s Top Product Reviewers

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When Trevor Pinch, professor of Science and Technology Studies at Cornell, was a guest in Edinburgh he mentioned his survey with Filip Kesler of Amazon reviewers. The study focuses on how the ranking system influences the…

Smart Society

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This morning’s Social Informatics presentation was from Mark Hartswood of Oxford University and our own Stewart Anderson on their latest European research project, which I think is called Smart Society (I am not quite sure because…

Value of Words

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C J Sansom’s counter-factual history of Britain in the fifties, Dominion, is in the top ten UK fiction hardback sales list, selling, according to the Guardian, selling nearly 8000 copies per week. The reviews have been…