Dark Pattern Detection Project - Dapde

The Dark Pattern Detection Project (Dapde) examines the manipulation of consumers in a digital environment through "Dark Patterns".

Dark Patterns

"Dark patterns are design patterns that lead users to act in a certain way that is contrary to their interests, exploiting design power unilaterally in the interests of their creator."

The Project

Dapde is a joint project between the Institute of Computer Science at Heidelberg University and the German Research Institute for Public Administration in Speyer (FÖV). The Informatics Section tackles the challenge of recognizing dark patterns in online interactions with the aim of warning users of dangers early on. The Law Section develops legal answers to the challenges of steering consumers through dark patterns.

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