Justice and design

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Duquenoy, P. and Thimbleby, H. 1999. Justice and design. in: Sasse, M. and Johnson, C. (ed.) Human-Computer Interaction INTERACT '99 Netherlands IOS Press. pp. 281-286
Chapter titleJustice and design
AuthorsDuquenoy, P. and Thimbleby, H.

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.

KeywordsEthics, justice, veil of ignorance, design.
Research GroupAspects of Law and Ethics Related to Technology group
Page range281-286
Book titleHuman-Computer Interaction INTERACT '99
EditorsSasse, M. and Johnson, C.
PublisherIOS Press
Place of publicationNetherlands
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Deposited30 Jan 2013
Output statusPublished
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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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