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M. Rajanen, “One Design Rule to Rule Them All: Towards a Universal Golden Rule for Designers of Human-Technology Interaction,” Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly, CSIMQ, no. 33, pp. 1–13, 2022. Available:

One design rule to rule them all : towards a universal golden rule for designers of human-technology interaction

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Author: Rajanen, Mikko1
Organizations: 1INTERACT Research Unit, University of Oulu, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Riga Technical University, 2022
Publish Date: 2023-02-06


This article aims at raising awareness and dialogue about ethical dimensions of human-technology design of socio-technical systems in general, the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) designer responsibility towards users, stakeholders and society in particular, as well as the raise of the dark side of design and the responses of the HCI community to it. This article identifies four dimensions in human-technology interaction design ethics and proposes a universal golden rule for human-technology interaction design. To sum up these different aspects of ethical design and the responsibilities of a designer, this position article concludes with a proposed universal golden rule for designing human-technology interactions: Design as easy to use, honest, sustainable, and safe human-technology interactions as you would want others to design for you.

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Series: Complex systems informatics and modeling quarterly
ISSN: 2255-9922
ISSN-E: 2255-9922
ISSN-L: 2255-9922
Issue: 33
Article number: 182
DOI: 10.7250/csimq.2022-33.01
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © 2022 Mikko Rajanen. This is an open access article licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (