Intersectionalities in ethical web principles




  • Amy Drayer, University of Minnesota Libraries

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: General Conference


Does optimization improve accessibility? Or elegant accessibility reduce carbon impact? Ethical design aids people with attention disorders by valuing attention, and people with cognitive or learning disabilities with security standards. I’ll share some revelations and how we implemented them using a design system.


Accessibility creates a better web experience for everyone. Optimizations likewise impacts marginalized groups of people, such as those experiencing reduced access to the Internet for socio-economic issues or geographic disparities in infrastructure services. Security and privacy standards can help those that are less familiar with the Internet. Mindfulness puts human needs before profit and ethical design recommends reducing distractions, which also positively impacts people that experience attention or anxiety disorders.

When thinking about the various vectors of web issues and writing a personal ethical web manifesto, I noticed that so many of the guidelines interlace and support many groups of people, especially the vulnerable and people with disabilities. I’ll take a look at the different lens of ethical web design and how they intersect to create better experiences for everyone, but especially those with disabilities, and how we might put them into practice.


  1. Optimizations for web performance improve access and accessibility.
  2. Elegant accessibility improves sustainability.
  3. Developing principles and guidelines can help everyone provide a better web experience.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Amy Drayer

Amy has a masters degree in information science and has worked in systems and web development for libraries for over a dozen years in a variety of settings including public, special, military, and academic libraries.

Amy's work focuses on developing web interfaces utilizing inclusive design principles, usability, accessibility, and optimization tools to deliver user-oriented experience. She is on multiple accessibility committees at the University of Minnesota, is an Accessibility Ambassador and Usability domain expert for the University's Technology Advisory Council, with an advanced certificate for equity and diversity. In addition, she’s incredibly concerned about the environmental impact technology and our technology habits have and how to incorporate changes in personal and professional life to meet these challenges.


Ethical Web Principles slides, 4 November 2020