I saw the latest in a number of books written about the impact of bad design and how it can have tragic consequences in what seems to be a catchy title of "Tragic Design"
The book is intended to:
explain how poorly designed products can anger, sadden, exclude, and even kill people who use them. The designers responsible certainly didn’t intend harm, so what can you do to avoid making similar mistakes?
As far as I know, design ethics is not something that is typically taught in the UX setting, but there are certainly organisations such as ind.ie that promotes ethical design and other people like Mike Monteiro that suggest ethics shouldn't be a side hustle.
A recent article on Fast Co. Design provokatively titled "A Secret History Of Selling Out also points out bluntly that:
Now, more than ever, designers have a responsibility to assert themselves, reassess their professional ethics, and flex the vaunted position their predecessors have afforded them to become a more positive force in the world.
Also, another recent survey by EY reveals that not only do senior managers need to be held accountable for fraudulent or unethical behaviour, it is also important for employees to be able to take action when they see something that raises concern. In other words, more action need to be taken at both ends of the corporate and organisation hierarchy.
Talks aside, are there actually any resources that promote or teach ethical design practices?
UPDATE: Latest case added to recent news suggests that perhaps we have more to worry about from the tech giants, with Google fined for manipulating search results.