My research focused on exploring ways in which designers can facilitate agency and ethical understanding in social media users. This study began with the investigation of how consent forms for online platforms are designed, the rules that govern them, and the amount of user information collected through these forms.
This design experiment is based on the paper Visualizing Text Based Data: Identifying the potential of visual knowledge production through design practice, by Dr Jacqueline Kasunic & Dr Kate Sweetapple.
‘As increase in the availability of digitized data coupled with the development of digital tools has enabled humanities scholar to visualize data in ways that were previously difficult. While digitization has led to an increase in the use of methods that chart, graph and map text-based data, opportunities for visual methods are non-aggregative remain underdeveloped’ (Kasunic & Sweetapple, 2015).
In their text the authors discuss through a series of visual experiments, how the production of knowledge is enacted textually, within the written language and graphically with the visual arrangement of text.
To break it apart I started with the first 14 sections of a circle (which are the different section headings throughout the document). Since the document was massive, I decided to map out just the links on the document and track where each link took me, hoping to discover if these forms have information on how they use “user data”.
The Help Center turned out to be this final page with a little “Contact Us” button at the end, which ultimately led me to sign-in to my account and complete a complaint form.
Below is a visualization of my understanding of these consent forms.
Privacy Policies are self referencing documents that keeps taking the users back to same part in the document.