Cognitive Externalities and HCI: Towards the Recognition and Protection of Cognitive Rights

@article{Shackell2018CognitiveEA,
  title={Cognitive Externalities and HCI: Towards the Recognition and Protection of Cognitive Rights},
  author={Cameron Shackell and Laurianne Sitbon},
  journal={Extended Abstracts of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems},
  year={2018}
}
Human-computer interaction (HCI) technologies are designed to have outcomes. Many unintentional effects, however, are beyond the scope, notice and accountability of current evaluation practices. Using a new minimalist theory of semiotics called finite semiotics, this paper frames these effects as cognitive externalities. It argues that the well-established economic theory around externalities should be adapted to regulate this aspect of HCI: both to remedy inefficiencies and inequalities, and… 
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