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Pathways: How digital design puts children at risk

July 19, 2021

Bad actors and bad content online command our attention. While they should and must be addressed, there is another aspect of the online world that gets limited attention: design. The impact of digital design urgently requires greater public understanding and regulatory focus.Pathways: How digital design puts children at risk offers the opportunity for both. The Pathways report is the outcome of a research project undertaken by Revealing Reality on behalf of 5Rights Foundation. It examines how design choices embedded in digital products impact the lives of children. Through interviews with digital designers and children, and through innovative research using avatars, it lays bare how the commercial objectives of digital companies translate into design features that impact on children.