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Nov 08, 2016

Dark Patterns and Bad Business Models: "I Can't Let You Do That, Dave.”

Cory Doctorow

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There are many ways to think about computers: as communications devices, data-storage systems, computational engines. They’re all of the above. It’s fine to treat a computer as an appliance, as a matter of convenience. But we cross a line when our design goes a little further, and threatens the restrictions imposed by giant multinationals. Cory describes the current design pattern, which treats the owners of computers as adversaries of their devices. This Bad Idea makes a small group of people very rich, and bites the rest of us in the ass. Learn how we can use design for the better to benefit our products, and society.


Cory Doctorow

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction author, activist and journalist. He is co-editor of the popular weblog Boing Boing and a contributor to The Guardian, Wired and more. Cory is author of the YA graphic novel In Real Life , the nonfiction business book Information Doesn't Want to Be Free , the adult novel The Rapture of the Nerds and bestselling young adult novels Little Brother and Homeland. Cory works for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit civil liberties group that defends freedom in technology law, and is co-founder of the UK Open Rights Group.