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Designing Alternatives for the Terms of Service (ToS)

PhD project This project explores what ethical frameworks may be used for supporting new types of contracts between service providers, users and third parties.

I aim to review and critique existing terms of service (ToS) to initiate a shift from 'terms of use' to new forms of 'social contracts’ that better distribute power and control, and provide a company’s social license to operate. Our objective is to develop and design a negotiable and dynamic ‘social contract’ model, based on a critique of existing ToS.

Head of project

Seda Özçetin
Doctoral student

Project overview

Project period:

Start date: 2021-06-01

Participating departments and units at Umeå University

Umeå Institute of Design

Research area


External funding

EU Horizon 2020 (H2020)

External funding

Latest update: 2023-12-14