Value Sensitive Design: Theory and Methods
Batya Friedman, The Information School, University of Washington
February 4 at 14.00-16.00
CID-torget, Lindstedtsvägen 5, 6tr. KTH mainbuilding, go the
right in the vault.
Value Sensitive Design (VSD) is a theoretically grounded approach
to the design of information technology that attempts to account
for human values in a principled and comprehensive manner throughout
the design process. It employs an integrative and iterative tripartite
methodology, consisting of conceptual, empirical, and technical
investigations. I'll present VSD by drawing on two case studies,
one conducted with my colleague Peter Kahn and the other conducted
with my colleagues Alan Borning, Paul Waddell, and others. The "Augmented"
Window study concerns using high-definition plasma displays in an
office environment to provide a virtual window to the outside world.
This study considers the direct stakeholders in the office, implicating
the values of physical and psychological well-being. In addition,
it considers the indirect stakeholders, whose images appear in the
virtual window, implicating the value of privacy in a public place.
The second study concerns UrbanSim, an integrated land use, transportation,
and environmental simulation system to support public deliberation
and debate on major land use and transportation decisions. The UrbanSim
work implicates the values of fairness, accountability, and support
for the democratic process, as well as a highly diverse range of
values that might be held by different stakeholders, such as environmental
sustainability, opportunities for business expansion, or walkable
neighborhoods. I'll conclude with an open discussion in which I'd
like to explore the relationship between VSD and Participatory Design.For
more information on VSD, please see www.ischool.washington.edu/vsd/
and for Urbansim www.urbansim.org
Please note: In addition to this talk, Batya Friedman and Alan Borning
will be visiting KTH for the morning of Wednesday, February 4 and
are available to meet with interested faculty and students.