Adrian Lovett, President and CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation, opened a discussion to rethink how our digital world is shaped.
Since Tim Berners-Lee invented the web 32 years ago, it has reshaped our world. But today, who gets to shape the digital technologies that govern our lives? This online panel discussion looked at how the World Wide Web Foundation is opening up the development of tech policy so that our digital tools better meet the needs of all those who use them in a fair, equitable and inclusive way.
Hosted by the National Science and Media Museum, this online event was held in collaboration with the Web Foundation to coincide with the launch of the Tech Policy Design Lab, which the foundation has created to tackle the biggest tech challenges facing our societies. The Lab brings experts from governments, companies and civil society together with diverse groups of people to create product and policy solutions that can shape a better, fairer, safer web.
Following its successful pilot tackling the abuse of women online, the Lab’s next focus is on ‘dark patterns’—the design practices built into user interfaces that have the effect of obscuring or impairing consumer autonomy or choice. Dark patterns were the focus of this discussion, which was introduced by Adrian Lovett, President and CEO of the World Wide Web Foundation.
- Finn Lützow-Holm Myrstad: Director of Digital Policy, Norwegian Consumer Council
- Professor Jasmine McNealy: Associate Professor, University of Florida
- Kat Zhou: Product Designer, Spotify
- Mihir Kshirsagar: Clinical Lead at Center for Information Technology Policy, Princeton University
- Nnenna Nwakanma: Chief Web Advocate, World Wide Web Foundation
- Dr Anjana Ahuja (Chair): Science correspondent at the Financial Times and co-author (with Jeremy Farrar) of the bestselling book Spike: The Virus vs. The People – The Inside Story