FTC virtual workshop to explore digital ‘dark models’
Written by Thomas Ahearn, editor-in-chief of the ESR News blog
On April 29, 2021, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will host a virtual workshop titled “Bringing Dark Patterns to Light: An FTC Workshop” to examine digital dark patterns, a term used to describe a range of potentially manipulative user interfaces. designs used on websites and mobile apps, according to an FTC press release.
The virtual workshop will explore the ways in which user interfaces can have the effect, intentionally or unintentionally, of obscuring, subverting or compromising the autonomy, decision-making or choice of consumers. The FTC has released the final workshop agenda. Some of the topics the workshop will consider include:
- How dark models differ from sales tactics employed by physical stores;
- How they affect consumer behavior, including potential harm;
- Whether certain groups of consumers are unfairly targeted or are particularly vulnerable;
- What laws, rules and standards govern the use of dark patterns; and
- Whether additional rules, standards or enforcement efforts are needed to protect consumers.
The virtual workshop will begin at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time and a link to the webcast will be posted on the event page shortly before the workshop begins. Registration is not required to watch the workshop. To learn more about the event, visit www.ftc.gov/news-events/events-calendar/bringing-dark-patterns-light-ftc-workshop.
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