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#62 Time Well Spent with James Williams

In this episode, I speak with the co-founder of the Time Well Spent movement James Williams. Along with previous guest Tristan Harris, James focuses on the philosophy and ethics of technology design, especially attention, distraction, and persuasion. In particular, James works on clarifying how we should understand and protect user freedom in contexts of highly “persuasive” design.

Previously, James worked at Google for over ten years, where he received the Founder’s Award (the company’s highest honour) for his work on Google’s search advertising systems. James is now a doctoral candidate at the University of Oxford. I’m based at the Oxford Internet Institute and Balliol College, and am also a visiting researcher at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics.

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