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Stephen Downes

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A 'nudge' is "any aspect of the choice architecture that alters people's behavior in a predictable way without forbidding any options, or significantly changing their economic incentives" and a 'privacy nudge' inclines the user toward opting for greater privacy. It is described in the first article in this mini-series. The second article considers the design process, arguing "architects should consider and assemble the ethical, legal, individual and societal standards that frame the digital nudge." This third article considers the ethics of design nudges, noting that "many individuals are nudged in a direction that supports the needs of a company, but not necessarily the needs of users." This is defined in terms of "the autonomy of the user (and) the transparency of the choice architecture." Related: Get Rid Off The Green Buttons. It's Pure Manipulation

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