Just out in Design Issues: “Values that Matter: A New Method to Design and Assess Moral Mediation of Technology”

New article on moral mediation and design ethics, aiming to strengthen the basis of designing for values by relating it to philosophy of technology. The article starts by discussing several theories to understand technology-induced value mediation: mediation approach, technology assessment methods, and types of value change. It then connects these theories to design practice by proposing a new design for values methodology: Values that Matter. This methodology provides the means to evaluate moral mediation of technology during the design process and to responsibly design for it. The methodology is explained by the redesign of continuous vital sign monitoring technology in hospitalized patients.

Keywords: Values that Matter, Value Sensitive Design, Design for Values, Design for Value Mediation, Mediation Theory, Responsible Design