axbom.blog on coaching, design and ethics

My opinion pieces, articles, diary entries and rants on everything digital and humanitarian.

How to help events become more inclusive

Jan 14, 2020
To allow as many people as possible to participate and benefit from an event, there are many things to consider. It’s no surprise then that organizers often miss details that can help people feel welcome and seen, and that could…

Subscribing to newsletters the mindful way

Dec 9, 2019
There are some really good newsletters out there. But newsletters also have a way of cluttering your inbox, or grabbing your attention at the wrong time. And having it slide ever lower down your inbox can make you forget about…

Tech addiction

Dec 6, 2019
Ever more often I see people arguing about whether or not tech addiction is a real problem. On one side of the aisle, tech addiction is just alarmism or a disinformation campaign. At the other end, the media loves pushing…

Digital Compassion: A Human Act

Dec 3, 2019
The date was September 26, 1983. I was nine years old. Stanislav Petrov was 44 years old. Around my age today. He was working his second straight shift in the control room of the Soviet nuclear early-warning system Oko. Suddenly…

Flowchart: Manage impact in design

Nov 5, 2019
The flowchart on managing impact is intended to give you an overview of the elements that help you avoid and mitigate negative impact in digital design. Of course, it likely makes sense for more design situations than digital ones. I…

Lack of representation in AI puts vulnerable people at risk

Oct 20, 2019
In April of 2019 the AI Now Institute of New York University published the research paper DISCRIMINATING SYSTEMS — Gender, Race, and Power in AI. The report concluded that there is a diversity crisis in the AI sector across gender…

Managing persuasive defaults in design

Sep 18, 2019
As part of the feedback and reactions to my recent post on the Dangers of Nir Eyal’s books, I received a very relevant question. It relates to how we as designers architect the choices that are available to users, and…

How Nir Eyal’s habit books are dangerous

Sep 17, 2019
Hired as a speaker throughout Silicon Valley and the international tech world, Nir Eyal’s appeal and influence cannot be ignored. He wrote the book that outlines a technique helping companies create products and services that tap into the psychology of…

Messages in WhatsApp are stopping immigrants

Aug 28, 2019
Information stored on phones is increasingly used in court cases and to determine the trustworthiness and honesty of people seeking to enter another country. So what happens when the source of the information is someone else entirely, and you had…

Hell Turdy

Aug 25, 2019
Worrying about the dystopian outcomes of many digital ventures these days can honestly be somewhat mood-dampening. I need to remember to find time to be silly and laugh more. One thread on Twitter the other day, started by David M…

Convert newsletters to Atom/RSS feeds

Aug 6, 2019
I found a useful tool allowing me to partake in the joy of well-written newsletters without having them fill up my inbox. The website Kill the Newsletter! (KTN) simply allows you to add them to your feed reader. Here’s how…

The harmful myth of mentally ill shooters in the USA

Aug 4, 2019
Another shooting in the USA, and yet another series of talking points about reasons. One of the most common is mental health. When this talking points ensues, it enforces stigmatisation of people with mental health issues, people who are actually…