cookie monster

You know those cookie consent dialog boxes that now pop up on every website you visit since GDPR entered our world in 2018?

This week Nieman Lab’s Daniel Fitton described the rise of dark web design: the practice of creating user interfaces that are intentionally designed to trick or deceive the user”. Fitton states that cookie banners are the most obvious form of dark design in which it is very difficult for users to understand quite what to select to access a website without being tracked by that site.

You’ll notice how the accept all” button is large and cheerfully highlighted, attracting your cursor within a split second of your arrival on a website. Meanwhile, the dowdy, less prominent confirm choices” or manage settings” buttons — the ones through which we can protect our privacy — scare us away with more time-consuming clicks.

Fitton links to an absurd online game called Cookie Consent Speed Run that pushes cookie consent dark design to the nth degree. I tried it, and failed badly. Wow, the internet is so broken.

Up next now: 4 October 2021 Going on for me right now: Reading: Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, The Extended Mind by Annie Murphy Paul, Rationality by Steven stand by me
Latest posts the land in you Attention Adam Phillips on attention Lithium Dancing (in plain sight) urgent time when we party we dance Children of the Soil an image is a call lost types of participation Go in and in Agatha Yu GIFs one of a crowd Force Majeure quality and quantity accents and bravery Force Majeure suzannah Dancing their unhappy freedoms uniqueness and sonder the body in time would have been frame.2 - connecting, moving & making online the arrow emerging experience Editorial: Shifting Dependence gabrielle stand by me cookie monster now: 4 October 2021 Cellule d’Essai 2021: A biography of sorts