axbom.blog on coaching, design and ethics

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

Embed YouTube videos without cookies

Aug 5, 2020
A previous version of this post made it appear as if you could to some extent avoid cookies and tracking by YouTube when using their “Privacy-Enhanced Mode”. As is now explained in the post, it turns out that you can’t.…

Trump debates Trump by Justin T Brown

Aug 5, 2020
Yet another video is about to make the rounds without crediting the original creator. The maker in this case is Justin T Brown, who has made an edit of the Axios interview with Trump, to make it appear as if…

Digital Ethics – The Mindmap

Jul 12, 2020
This mindmap is a work in progress. It helps me create the syllabus for my course Ethics in Design, as well as outline corporate workshops. It helps to draw from when I’m preparing talks and lectures. It reminds me of…

The slavery supported by that device in your pocket

Jul 1, 2020
When I look at my phone I think about slavery. I think about modern day slavery, perpetuated by the wealth and power that historic slavery facilitated. I think about how invisible it is despite modern day access to information and  …

Hey, your e-mail matters more than hype

Jun 24, 2020
There is a new e-mail provider in town and it’s an excellent opportunity to have a reasoned conversation about how to improve your e-mail management. I do not believe that decisions around your e-mail provider should be made lightly. Your…

The systemic complexity of managing a pandemic

Apr 17, 2020
To try and make sense of factors affecting the management of a pandemic, I created a systems map. This is in no way a complete picture, and certainly not a verified one, but a way of showing the potential complexity.…

Making friends with Tech for Good

Apr 7, 2020
Click on the button to load the content from open.spotify.com. Load content PHA+PGlmcmFtZSBzcmM9Imh0dHBzOi8vb3Blbi5zcG90aWZ5LmNvbS9lbWJlZC1wb2RjYXN0L2VwaXNvZGUvMTF5UERmNXJWMHpvcjI5VXlvajUwWSIgd2lkdGg9IjEwMCUiIGhlaWdodD0iMjMyIiBmcmFtZWJvcmRlcj0iMCI+PHNwYW4gZGF0YS1tY2UtdHlwZT0iYm9va21hcmsiIHN0eWxlPSJkaXNwbGF5OiBpbmxpbmUtYmxvY2s7IHdpZHRoOiAwcHg7IG92ZXJmbG93OiBoaWRkZW47IGxpbmUtaGVpZ2h0OiAwOyIgY2xhc3M9Im1jZV9TRUxSRVNfc3RhcnQiPu+7vzwvc3Bhbj48L2lmcmFtZT48L3A+ Being interviewed by Tech for Good Live and Rebecca Rae-Evans was delightful and uplifting. I have never felt more comfortable as a podcast guest. I also appreciate…

First, design no harm

Mar 29, 2020
At UX Copenhagen 2020 I delivered my new talk “First, design no harm”. It’s an emotional talk that starts off with my own experiences at boarding school, understanding the complexity of abusive relationships and going on to explain how learnings…

Waking up in the office

Mar 16, 2020
For anyone not used to working from home I understand it may feel odd, with quite a number of technical tools to get used to. Of course there are many people who don’t even have this option, but if you…

Managing Consequences of Design

Feb 26, 2020
I’ve just finished reading The Ethical Design Handbook and am both brimming with new ideas and am more hopeful about the future. The authors bring new tools to the table, and also do a good job of reminding designers how…

Five reasons why I deleted my Facebook account

Feb 12, 2020
Here are the most clear-cut reasons I deleted my Facebook account. These Facebook practices triggered ethical considerations that helped decide on a path forward that would bring me, personally, more well-being. Systematically using methods to encourage addictive behavior . Allowing…