Security Lens

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Security design patterns for influencing behaviour

The Security Lens represents a ‘security’ worldview, i.e. that undesired user behaviour is something to deter and/or prevent though ‘countermeasures’ designed into products, systems and environments, both physically and online, with examples such as digital rights management.

From a designer’s point of view, this can often be an ‘unfriendly’ – and in some circumstances unethical – view to take, effectively treating users as ‘guilty until proven innocent’. However, thinking further about the patterns, it’s possible to think of ways that they could be applied to help users control their own habits or behaviour for their own benefit – encouraging exercise, reducing energy use, and so on.

Click on each of the cards below to go to a dedicated page about it (which will be expanded in due course).


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Coercive atmospherics | Peerveillance | Sousveillance | Surveillance | Threat of injury | Threat to property | What you can do | What you have | What you know | What you’ve done | Where you are | Who or what you are



Eight lenses on influencing behaviour through design


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