ILPC Seminar Series: ILPC Seminar Series: ‘Dark design’ in social media, Autonomy and Freedom of Expression

Video date

Thursday, 10 December, 2020

Video speaker(s)

Dr Konstantinos Kalliris (Essex)

Susie Alegre (Doughty Street Chambers)

Discussant: Professor Lorna Woods (Essex/ILPC)


There has been increased concern about harmful content on social media, including disinformation and misinformation. It has been suggested that design techniques, especially those to support ‘frictionless communication’ contribute to this problem, yet restrictions on speech give rise to concerns surrounding freedom of expression. These linked issues give rise to a number of questions which is the purpose of the workshop to explore:

  • the impact of design choices on autonomy and consequently speech; 
  • the impact of design choices on autonomy and forming and holding an opinion
  • the extent to which controls on design techniques constitute an interference with users’ rights.

Chair: Dr Nóra Ní Loideain, Director and Lecturer in Law, Information Law & Policy Centre, Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London

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