Interdisciplinary conference on Dark Patterns

The „Dark Pattern Detection-Project” (dapde) hosts a two-day interdisciplinary conference on Dark Patterns:

„Defusing Dark Patterns – current technical and legal approaches"

The event takes place on November 10/11th and together with researchers, industry representatives and consumer advocates examines the status quo regarding Dark Patterns. In particular, the conference highlights the problems regarding the use of dark patterns as well as possible legal and technical solutions to it.

The total of 5 panels is held on two consecutive afternoons (3:00-7:00 p.m. CET). Subsequently, participants have the chance to meet selected panelists and ask questions in smaller groups.

The event is hosted digitally and free after registration here.

Conference Schedule:

Day 1, Wednesday Nov 10, 2021

14:30 CET: Opening Web-Room

14:45 – 14:50 CET: Address of Welcome pt.1

Mario Martini (German Research Institute for Public Administration Speyer, dapde-Project Co-leader) + Michael Gertz (University Heidelberg, dapde-Project Co-leader)

14:50 – 15:00 CET: Address of Welcome pt.2

Christian Kastrop, State Secretary BMJV (German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection)

15:00 – 15:45 CET : Panel 1: What´s the Problem?

Dark Patterns and Online Manipulation

Host: Hannah Ruschemeier, Center for Advanced Internet Studies (CAIS)

Panelist 1: Colin Gray, Purdue University

Panelist 2: Susanne Hahn, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf

Panelist 3: Katherine Zhou, Spotify / design ethically

15:45 – 16:45 CET : Panel 2: Will existing rules save us?

Dark Patterns and Data Protection

Host: Christian Drews, dapde-team

Panelist 1: Max Schrems, NOYB – European Center for Digital Rights

Panelist 2: Estelle Hary, European Data Protection Board

Panelist 3: Frederik Zuiderveen Borgesius, Radboud University

16:45 – 17:00 CET : Meet the Panelists & Ask me anything

17:00 – 17:15 CET: Coffee break

17:15 – 18:15 CET: Panel 3: Protecting the most vulnerable

Dark Patterns in apps and games: Targeting children/teenagers

Host: Paul Seeliger, dapde-team

Panelist 1: To be announced

Panelist 2: Angela J. Campbell, Georgetown University

Panelist 3: Jose Zagal, University of Utah

18:15 – 18:30 CET: Meet the Panelists & Ask me anything

18:30 – 18:45 CET: End of Day 1 - Plenum/Panel: Synthesis Session

Summary of the day + Outlook for the next day

Day 2, Thursday Nov 11, 2021

14:45 CET: Opening Web-Room

15:00 – 15:15 CET: Start of Day 2

Address of Welcome

Short summary of the previous day + Outlook for the day

15:15 – 16:15 CET: Panel 4: Will new rules save us?

Dark Patterns in e-commerce

Host: Inken Kramme, dapde-team

Panelist 1: Miika Blinn, VZBV (Federation of German Consumer Organisations)

Panelist 2: Anne-Jel Hoelen, Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets

Panelist 3: Hans W. Micklitz, European University Institute

16:15 – 16:30 CET: Meet the Panelists & Ask me anything

16:30 – 16:45 CET: Coffee Break

16:45 – 17:45 CET: Panel 5: Will Technology save us?

On recognising Dark Patterns automatically and preventing them

Host: Michael Gertz (University Heidelberg, dapde-project co-leader)

Panelist 1: Midas Nouwens, Aarhus University

Panelist 2: Marija Slavkovik, University of Bergen

Panelist 3: Harshvardhan Pandit, Trinity College Dublin

17:45 – 18:00 CET: Meet the Panelists & Ask me anything

18:00 – 18:15 CET: End of the Conference

Official farewell