Community-Accountable Design


FRIES: A case study in consentful tech

One of the struggles I’ve encountered in advocating for consentful tech is the lack of real-world case studies I can point to as examples. So it’s been an exciting journey the last couple months to work with the Design Justice Network (DJN) web team on baking consent into the redesign of the DJN website.


A 2x2 grid of four concept images: the top left is a flowchart depicting the consent UX, the top right, bottom left, and bottom right are wireframe sketches that show how a user can stop and reverse a sign-up process at any given time.
The Design Justice Network’s submission to the Privacy Design Forecast

Our process work is featured in the Harvard Shorenstein Center’s 2019 Privacy Design Forecast, which launches today! This collection of design concepts illustrates how designers, researchers, and engineers are improving data privacy experiences in products around the world and asks:

  • How might we reimagine meaningful, informed consent for sharing personal data?
  • How do civil society, practitioners, and policymakers frame privacy and privacy through design? What interventions are being implemented across industries, disciplines and practices?

Read our case study “FRIES: What good consent looks like in sign-up processes” and be sure to check out the 16 other exciting concepts at

And in case you’re wondering, FRIES stands for Freely Given, Reversible, Informed, Enthusiastic, and Specific — all the ingredients for good consent. You can read more about that by downloading the Building Consentful Tech zine (PDF).