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UX Research Ethics

  • CIC Cambridge, Cloud City, 14th floor 101 Main Street Cambridge, MA, 02142 United States (map)

We're excited to continue our best practices series started last month and to work with Ethical Technology Boston for this event.

About This Event:

Empathy. Deep Empathy. Accessibility. Inclusiveness. Localization. As the tech industry matures, more and more organizations are acknowledging how the users of their products often differ from those creating them. To close this gap and design better experiences, product teams have begun incorporating more user research into their development cycles.

Including users in the design process presents several ethical challenges, however. For example, how do we test important business assumptions while ensuring participant well-being and privacy? How do we balance user feedback with subject matter expertise? Using examples from the speaker’s work, this talk explores the sometimes thin line between “human-centric” and unethical.

About Our Speaker:

Alba N. Villamil is an independent UX Researcher who specializes in designing products for vulnerable populations like refugees and low-income families. In addition to working with pre-stage startups, she has worked on projects with Code for America, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the Rochester City School District. She studied sociology at Harvard University and social psychology at Swarthmore College.

About Ethical Technology Boston:

Ethical Technology Boston is a community of technology & design professionals looking to incorporate ethics and social responsibility into our daily work. We meet locally and online to discuss real-life ethical issues and potential implications for our industries. We aim to learn from each other, develop new practices for design and technology development, and build a trusted support network. We’re part of a global online community, Ethical Technology/Ethical Design, at

Event Schedule:

6:00 – 6:30 PM: Networking
6:30 – 7:30 PM: Talk + Q&A
7:30 – 8:00 PM: Networking


Earlier Event: December 7
Fab + Friends Holiday Party
Later Event: December 10
Alexa AI Tech Talk Cambridge