Digital Civil Society Lab

Giving in a Datafied World

“I, Obscura,” a dark pattern zine launched from Stanford and UCLA

I, Obscura illuminates dark design patterns by telling stories. A compilation of case studies, this zine offers readers a set of dark pattern examples, along with possible design and policy solutions. These examples assist with demystifying deceptive design the possible harms to individuals, and to prompt policymakers to action. (2021)

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How We Give Now: Philanthropy by the Rest of Us

The How We Give Now research project engages individuals and groups in a reflective discussion about all the ways they direct their private resources for public benefit, beyond what is traditionally captured in official giving data.

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