Online, interface design shapes people’s appearance, transforms their communication and influences their behavior. The Social Machine is a manifesto for balancing legibility, social responsibility and innovation -- and a manual for designing radically new environments for social interaction. (MIT Press, 2014)

"For anyone with interest in this field, either as a technology designer or just as someone who loves beautiful technology,this is destined to become the definitive text. It is eloquent, well organized, and thorough." - Science

"Donath makes a compelling case that... issues of privacy, surveillance, healthy group dynamics and the health of the larger commons are also design issues. That she presents these issue in their ethical complexity is a testament to her concern and hope for design strategies that pay attention to all the implications of networked life." - Leonardo