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delightful humane design delightful Awesome Humane Tech

Humane design is a subset of humane technology and an upcoming field in information technology. This is a curated list of humane design resources for UX designers and developers.

Contents

Principles

Product design

  • Design guide - Design products that are more sophisticated about human nature.

User experience design

  • Humane by Design - Guidance for designing ethically humane digital products through patterns focused on user well-being.

Social media

Patterns and practices to improve social media and mitigate harmful effects on society.

Ethics

Security

Security is an important aspect of humane technology. It is also a vast field we leave to the experts. For a good top-level entrypoint please refer to:

  • awesome security - Software, libraries, documents, books, resources and cool stuff about security.

Privacy

  • Privacy Guides - Knowledge and tools to protect your privacy against global mass surveillance.
  • Privacy Respecting - A curated list of privacy-respecting Services and Software.
  • Ungoogled Chromium - Chromium without Google integration, enhancing privacy, control, transparency
  • Signal - Signal is a messaging app for simple private communication with friends.
  • Local Sheriff - Browser extension to help identify what sensitive information (PII) is shared / leaked to 3rd-parties.
  • Webbkoll - An online tool that checks how a website is doing with regards to privacy.
  • PrivacyScore - A web privacy measurement platform.
  • arkenfox user.js - A user.js template for configuring and hardening Firefox privacy, security and anti-fingerprinting.
  • user.js - Configuration for Firefox to harden browser settings and make it more secure.
  • Decentraleyes - Browser extension that emulates Content Delivery Networks to improve your online privacy.
  • User-Agent Switcher - Browser extension allows posing as another browser by changing User-Agent header.
  • Random User-Agent - Browser extension that automatically replaces User-Agent after a specified time interval.
  • Smart Referer - Browser extension that automatically hides the referer when changing domains.
  • Canvas Blocker - Browser extension that prevents fingerprinting via Javascript Canvas API.
  • Disable WebRTC - Browser extension to disable WebRTC to avoid leaking IP address from behind a VPN.
  • Syncthing - Replaces proprietary cloud services to synchronize files across multiple devices, decentralized.
  • Tox - A peer-to-peer instant messenger aimed at making security and privacy easy to obtain for regular users.
  • Oversec - Android app that captures and encrypts texts you type, then passes it to the actual app.
  • Cloud Firewall - Addon that enables to choose & block top 5 cloud companies based on their IPv4/6 ranges.
  • Librefox - A project that aims at enforcing privacy and security of Firefox without forking the project.
  • amp2html - Browser extension to automatically redirect Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) to the actual page.
  • Location Privacy - Privacy filters for shared location links.
  • DeepPrivacy - A fully automatic face anonymization technique for images and video.
  • PrivacyFlash Pro - Generate a privacy policy for your iOS app from its code.
  • Reveal Frame Component - A privacy-minded iFrame placeholder (JS script). Only loads after user consent.
  • FreedomBox - Easy to manage, privacy oriented home server.
  • EteSync - Secure, end-to-end encrypted, and privacy respecting sync for your contacts, calendars and tasks.
  • Image Scrubber - A browser-based tool for anonymizing photographs and scrubbing EXIF metadata.
  • LocalCDN - A browser extension that emulates Content Delivery Networks to improve your online privacy.
  • Universal Android Debloater - Debloat non-rooted smartphones, to improve privacy, security and battery life.
  • RethinkDNS - DNS over HTTPS and Tor, DNSCrypt client, firewall and connection tracker for Android.
  • Databunker - Databunker is a network-based, self-hosted, GDPR compliant, secure storage for personal data.
  • LuLu - A firewall that aims to block unknown outgoing connections, protecting your privacy and your Mac.
  • pihole-antitelemetry - Block non-consensual telemetry Google and Apple are collecting using pihole.
  • personalDNSfilter - A DNS filter proxy to filter unwished hosts based on a host list.
  • JShelter - An anti-malware Firefox extension to mitigate potential threats from JavaScript.
  • Firezone - A self-hosted VPN and Linux firewall manager. It's built on WireGuard to be fast and lightweight.

Tracking

  • Privacy Badger - Privacy Badger by Electronic Frontier Foundation blocks spying ads and invisible trackers.
  • uBlock Origin - An efficient blocker add-on for various browsers. Fast, potent, and lean.
  • Exodus Privacy - Analyzes privacy concerns in Android applications.
  • Exodus Android App - App for Exodus Privacy that lets you know what trackers are embedded in apps.
  • Exodify - Wondering if an app is tracking you? Now you can see it directly in the Play store.
  • Firefox Multi-Account Containers - Keep your online life separated into color-coded tabs that preserve privacy.
  • Mozilla Facebook Container - Isolates Facebook activity from the rest of your web activity, to prevent tracking.
  • Google Container - Isolates your Google activity from the rest of your web activity, to prevent tracking.
  • Tracking Token Stripper - Browser extension that strips Google Analytics (UTM) tokens from URL query strings.
  • SilverDog - An audio firewall to block ultrasound tracking applications.
  • Blokada - A compact, fast ad blocker for Android that works for all apps and does not require root.
  • Better - A privacy tool for Safari on iPhone, iPad, and Mac that blocks behavioral ads and trackers.
  • Firefox ProfileMaker - A tool to create Firefox configuration profiles with good defaults.
  • Searx - A trackerless, privacy-respecting metasearch engine that can be self-hosted.
  • DNS66 - A DNS-based Host Blocker (and lightweight ad blocker) for Android.
  • Cookie-AutoDelete - Browser extension that deletes cookies as soon as the tab closes, unless site is allowListed.
  • ClearURLs - Addon that removes tracking elements form address bar URLs using 130 rules.
  • Pi-hole - A DNS sinkhole to block ads or trackers on a local network without installing any client-side software.
  • Shariff - Enables website users to share their favorite content without compromising their privacy.
  • Social Share Privacy - jQuery plugin for adding social share buttons that don't allow social sites to track users.
  • TrackMeNot - Browser extension that hides your real search-queries by adding noise and obfuscation.
  • Deda - Printer tracking Dots Extraction, Decoding and Anonymisation toolkit.
  • MailTrackerBlocker - An email tracker, read receipt and spy pixel blocker plugin for macOS Apple Mail.
  • Warden - App management utility for Android that detects and disables trackers and loggers.
  • TrackerControl - Monitor and control trackers and ads.
  • Tracker Zapper - A menubar app for Mac to remove link tracking parameters automatically.
  • TBlock - A system-wide, platform-independent ad-blocker written in Python and released under GPLv3.
  • re:consent - Browser plugin to view / change the consent you have given to websites for data processing.
  • Trackless - Add a GDPR-friendly Google Analytics opt-in/opt-out button to your site.
  • ConsentCookie - Customizable script that allow users to opt-in for cookies on a case-by-case basis.
  • GDPR Transparency and Consent Framework - Help for compliance to EU data protection & privacy rules.
  • Klaro - A simple and powerful tool to manage user consent on websites.

Analytics

  • Matomo - The leading open alternative to Google Analytics that gives you full control over your data.
  • Fair Analytics - A Google Analytics-alike server that doesn't undermine user's privacy.
  • GoAccess - A real-time web log analyzer and interactive viewer that runs in a terminal or in a browser.
  • Countly - A real-time, mobile & web analytics, rich push notifications and crash reporting platform.
  • Ackee - Self-hosted Node.js based analytics tool for those who care about privacy.
  • Koko Analytics - Plugin for WordPress that doesn't use external services and respects your visitors’ privacy.
  • freshlytics - A self-hosted privacy-friendly, reliable and easy-to-deploy analytics service.
  • Plausible Analytics - Simple, lightweight (< 1 KB) and privacy-friendly web analytics. Hosted in the EU.
  • Goatcounter - Simple web statistics. No tracking of personal data.
  • Open Web Analytics - Stay in control of how you instrument and analyze the use of websites and application.
  • Shynet - Privacy-friendly and detailed web analytics that works without cookies or JS.
  • PostHog - Developer-friendly, open-source product analytics.
  • umami - A simple, fast, website analytics alternative to Google Analytics.
  • AWStats - Free real-time logfile analyzer to get advanced statistics.
  • Offen - Fair web analytics. Gain insights while your users have full control over their data.
  • Kindmetrics - Privacy focused website analytics made in Crystal - Hosted in the EU.
  • Counter - Web Analytics made simple and therefore privacy friendly.
  • Swetrix - Privacy-oriented highly customisable & selfhostable analytics service.

Blocklists

  • Hosts - Consolidates several reputable hosts files, and merges them into a single unified one.
  • Blocklists - Shared lists of problem domains people may want to block with hosts files.
  • Referrer Spam List - Community-contributed blocklist of referrer spammers.
  • FilterLists - Directory of filter and host lists for advertisements, trackers, malware and annoyances.
  • hosts-blocklists - A host and domainname based blocklist specifically designed for use with dnsmasq.
  • All In One Customized Adblock List - Adblock list that thoroughly blocks trackers, ads, unwanted cookies.
  • Web Annoyances Ultralist - Fix and remove annoying and distracting web elements from many websites.
  • Wiper - Firefox extension that strips Google search results based on a blocklist you define.
  • EasyList - Sets of rules that automatically remove unwanted content from the internet.
  • Black Mirror - Automatically compiled and maintained malicious domain & IP blacklist.
  • uBlacklist - Browser extension to block specific sites from appearing in search engine results.
  • PiHoleBlocklist - Smart-TV blocklists for Pi-Hole and AGH.

Fediverse

The Fediverse is the place of hope for humane technology with regards to social networks. Only most well-known applications (taken from fediverse.party front-page) are shown. See Feneas Watchlists for a complete overview.

  • Mastodon - Your self-hosted, globally interconnected microblogging community.
  • Pleroma - A free, federated social microblogging server built on open protocols.
  • PixelFed - A free and ethical photo sharing platform, powered by ActivityPub federation.
  • PeerTube - ActivityPub-federated video streaming platform using P2P directly in your web browser.
  • Funkwhale - A federated social platform to enjoy and share music.
  • Socialhome - A federated personal profile with social networking functionality.
  • Misskey - A forever evolving, sophisticated microblogging platform.
  • Diaspora - A privacy-aware, distributed, open source social network.
  • friendica - A decentralized social communications platform.
  • GNU Social - The free/libre software social networking platform.
  • Lemmy - A link aggregator / Reddit clone for the fediverse.

Social networks

  • Humnub - A feature rich and highly flexible open-source Social Network Kit written in PHP.
  • Patchwork - A decentralized messaging and sharing app built on top of Secure Scuttlebutt (SSB).
  • Pump.io - A stream server that does most of what people really want from a social network.
  • Facebook Demetricator - A web browser extension that removes all the metrics from the Facebook interface.
  • Twitter Demetricator - A web browser extension that removes all the metrics on Twitter.
  • News Feed Eradicator - A browser extension that replaces your Facebook news feed with a nice quote.
  • Granary - The social web translator that breaks silo's by converting data between social networks.
  • Neocities - Social network that brings back the lost individual creativity of the web.
  • DeleteFB - Selenium script to delete all of your Facebook wall posts.
  • Minimal Twitter - Minimal Theme for the new Twitter UI.
  • Talk - An open-source commenting platform focused on better conversation.
  • Invidious - An alternative front-end to YouTube without Ads.
  • Beatbump - An alternative front-end for Youtube Music without Ads.
  • Delta Chat - Decentralized Whatsapp-like chat via email, without the tracking and central control.
  • Nitter - An alternative Twitter front-end focused on privacy.
  • Invidition - Firefox extension that redirects YouTube and Twitter requests to their alternatives.
  • Bibliogram - An alternative front-end for Instagram.
  • Privacy Redirect - Redirects Twitter, YouTube, Instagram & Google Maps requests to privacy friendly alternatives.
  • UnTrackMe - App that transforms Twitter, YouTube links to Nitter, Invidious and delegates to another app.
  • FreeTube - A private YouTube client for Windows, MacOS and Linux.
  • NewPipe - A libre lightweight streaming YouTube alternative for Android.
  • Tweak New Twitter - Browser extension to stay on Latest Tweets timeline, reduce "engagement", tone down UI.
  • Barinsta - A libre, alternative, and lightweight Instagram client for Android.
  • SocialAmnesia - Electron app to ensure your social media accounts only show your posts from recent history.
  • YouTubeSearchFixer - Firefox addon to fix search, de-clutter home page and make UI less distracting.
  • Teddit - Alternative Reddit front-end focused on privacy.
  • Libreddit - Private Reddit front-end written in Rust.
  • YouTube2PeerTube - A bot that automatically mirrors YouTube channels to PeerTube channels.
  • Watomatic - Auto reply for WhatsApp so you can stop using it.
  • Scribe - Privacy-respecting and minimal alternative front end for Medium.com.
  • Piped - An alternative privacy-friendly YouTube frontend which is efficient by design.
  • Fedishare - Firefox addon to share the current tab on the fediverse.
  • LibRedirect - A simple extension that redirects to alternative privacy-friendly frontends.
  • Farside - A smart redirecting gateway for various frontend services.
  • LibMedium - Privacy-focused, high-performance front end for Medium.com written in Rust.
  • SponsorBlock - Browser extension that allows you to skip YouTube video sponsors.
  • Quetre - A libre front-end for Quora.

Translation

  • Lingva Translate - An alternative front-end for Google Translate.
  • LibreTranslate - A self-hosted Machine Translation API, no limits, no ties to proprietary services.
  • Argos Translate - Open source neural machine translation.
  • gtranslate - Front-end for Google Translate that doesn't track you and works without JavaScript.
  • SimplyTranslate - Simple front-end for SimplyTranslate, a facade to multiple search engines.
  • Nekocap - Browser extension for creating & uploading community captions for YouTube, niconico and other video sharing sites.

Freedom

  • Alternative Internet - A collection of interesting new networks and tech aiming at decentralization.
  • GlobaLeaks - Software intended to enable Secure and Anonymous Whistleblowing initiatives.
  • SecureDrop - Whistleblower submission system to securily interact with anonymous sources.
  • EdgeDeflector - Force Windows 10 to use your preferred web browser instead of Microsoft Edge.
  • Wayback Everywhere - Redirect all pages to snapshots in Wayback Machine and auto-save pages.
  • 996.ICU - Collection of resources advocating against 996 work schedule (9am – 9pm, 6 days per week).
  • DeGoogle-FOSS - A list of free and open source software containing proprietary Google binaries.

Geolocation

  • OpenStreetMap - A crowdsourced map of the world with many layers, free to use under an open licence.
  • OSM StreetComplete - Surveyor app for Android to allow users to contribute to OpenStreetMap with ease.
  • Mozilla Ichnaea - API to get geolocation coordinates from other sources (Bluetooth, cell or WiFi, GeoIP, etc).
  • Qwant Maps - A map application, based on OpenStreetMap, that respects your privacy.
  • Owntracks - A privacy-respecting mobile app that allows you to keep track of your own location.
  • Hauk - A fully open source, self-hosted location sharing service.

Voice Assistants

  • Almond - The Stanford open, privacy-preserving virtual assistent.
  • Rhasspy - A fully offline voice assistant toolkit for many languages.
  • Mycroft AI - The open and private voice assistant.
  • S.E.P.I.A. - Your own digital voice-assistant.

Internet of Things

  • Home Assistant - Home automation that puts local control and privacy first.
  • GadgetBridge - Replace gadget vendors' closed source Android apps (Pebble, Mi Band, Liveview, HPlus, etc).
  • Gladys Assistant - A privacy-first, open-source home assistant.
  • OpenRGB - Open source RGB lighting control that doesn't depend on manufacturer software.
  • Jellyfin - A Software Media System that puts you in control of managing and streaming your media.
  • OpenHAB - A vendor and technology agnostic open source automation software for your home.

Gamification

  • Security Belt - A framework for improving the IT-Security of your teams through gamification.
  • Habitica - Gamify your life. Motivate yourself to achieve your goals.

Health

  • Stanford HabitLab - Change your online habits, set goals, try interventions, view progress.
  • redshift - Redshift adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your surroundings.
  • Safe Eyes - Safe Eyes is a tool for Linux users to reduce and prevent repetitive strain injury (RSI).
  • Prisma Care - App to strengthen relationship between people with memory loss and people close to them.
  • Loop Habit Tracker - An Android app for creating and maintaining good habits.
  • If me - A community for mental health experiences encouraging people to share their stories with loved ones.
  • Stretchly - A cross-platform app that reminds you to take breaks when working with your computer.
  • ActivityWatch - An automated time-tracker that is cross-platform, extensible and privacy-focused.
  • Red Moon - An android screen filter app for night time phone use.
  • Workrave - A program that assists in the recovery and prevention of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI).
  • Grayscale Mode - A macOS menu bar app that gives you more control over Grayscale Mode.
  • FitoTrack - A privacy oriented Android fitness tracker for logging and viewing your workouts.
  • OpenTracks - A sport tracking application that completely respects your privacy.
  • Winddown - Write code and stay healthy. A VS Code extension that encourages you to take a break.
  • dijo - A scriptable habit tracker that runs in your terminal.
  • Golden Cheetah - Performance software for Cyclists, Runners and Triathletes that reads from many devices.
  • gammastep - Linux tool to adjust the color temperature of your screen to your surroundings.
  • MediLog - Android app to capture medical data, e.g. Blood Pressure and Weight as well as a simple Diary.
  • Energize - Android app for tracking your food and nutrition easily and fast.

Mindfulness

  • Mindfulness at the Computer - Helps you stay mindful of your breathing while using your computer.
  • Chomper - Internet blocker for Linux with allowLists/blockLists and timer to be more productive at work.
  • Jobs Done - A ritual app for ending the work day inspired by Deep Work.
  • Break Timer - An application for taking periodic breaks and preventing RSI, eye-strain and tiredness.
  • MindBell - Mindfulness bell and meditation timer for Android.
  • Detoxify - Generate a fake app to replace any addictive app.
  • Nudge - A Chrome extension that makes the internet less addictive.
  • SelfControl - A macOS app that lets you block your own access to distracting websites and mail servers.
  • DelayWebPage - A Firefox add-on that makes you wait before wasting time on the internet.
  • Leechblock NG - A simple productivity tool designed to block time-wasting sites at the specified times.
  • Introvert - Audiovisual experience encouraging to do, to focus, to relax while it generates a unique artwork.
  • Slim Launcher - Replaces Android home screen with a minimalist version and a maximum of seven apps.
  • Breathing: Exercise your breathing.
  • Mindful Google™ - Disables Autocomplete and other distracting elements on Google's pages.
  • Unlauncher - Android minimalistic launcher.

Happiness

  • Happy DB - HappyDB is a corpus of 100,000+ crowd-sourced happy moments.

Inclusion

  • AlexJS - Catch insensitive, inconsiderate writing.
  • Buster - Browser extension and Captcha Solver for Humans.
  • The A11Y Project - A community-driven effort to make web accessibility easier.
  • IETF Inclusive Language - Terminology for inclusive language conventions (latest version on github).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing accessibility resources:

Awareness

  • Hack the Media - Media literacy guide highlighting how our media sources can give a flawed worldview.
  • Hack an Engineer - A media literacy guide for software engineers.
  • Facebook Data Analyzer - Analyze the Facebook copy of your own data.
  • HTTP Leaks - All possible ways, a website can leak HTTP requests.
  • Who Tracks Me - Bringing Transparency to online tracking - built by Cliqz and Ghostery.
  • Awful AI - A curated list to track current scary usages of AI - hoping to raise awareness.
  • Firefox Lightbeam - Addon that visualizes Web requests between 1st and 3rd-party sites in real time.
  • OpenWPM - Princeton Web Transparency & Accountability project, a privacy measurement framework.
  • Email Privacy Tester - Check your email provider and client protection against many tracking techniques.
  • Browser Autofill Phishing - Demonstrates phishing for autofilled form fields that are hidden to the user.
  • Facebook Political Ad Collector - Browser extension to help ProPublica collect political ads on Facebook.
  • Who Targets Me? - Browser extension that tracks which entities are targeting which demographics with ads.
  • Where are the Eyes? - A program for detecting and mapping surveillance cameras.
  • IMSI-Catcher Detector - An Android app to detect IMSI-Catchers aka Stingrays (project in Alpha).
  • Dogsheep - Export data from big companies (e.g. Google, Twitter) into Sqlite for personal analytics.
  • Tracking Exposed - Research, browser addons on tracking, profiling, and influence of algorithms.
  • Social Media Awareness Toolkit - An open and intuitive way to scrutinize what’s trending on internet platforms.
  • Deletion Day - A holiday on April 4th focused on the privacy concerns of today’s Internet.
  • quitsocialmedia.club - resources on why it is important to quit mainstream social media + wonderful alternatives, and much more.

Censorship

  • OONI Probe - Observation network to detect censorship, surveillance and traffic manipulation (first read risks).
  • Green Tunnel - An anti-censorship utility designed to bypass ISPs that block access to certain websites.
  • Wikiless - Alternative Wikipedia front-end focused on privacy and anti-censorship.

Unmaintained

This section is for inactive projects that are nonetheless still of interest regarding their topics or code.

  • Wi-Fi Privacy Police - Prevent smartphone or tablet from leaking privacy sensitive information via Wi-Fi networks.
  • Data Selfie - Track yourself on Facebook and analyze your data (server discontinued, code still usable).
  • Breathe - Take a moment to breathe. A Pebble app for breathing, written in C.
  • Mozilla Stumbler - A scanner that collects GPS and wireless network data for our crowd-sourced location db.

Organizations

Open communities and non-profits working in the field of humane technology.

Maintainers

If you have questions or feedback regarding this list, then please create an Issue in our tracker, and optionally @mention one or more of our maintainers:

Contributors

With delight we present you some of our delightful contributors (please add yourself if you are missing).

License

CC0 Public domain. This work is free of known copyright restrictions.