Internet of Everyone - Tools for Empowerment

Tom Bieling, Tiago Martins, Gesche Joost

In: Graduate Journal of Social Science 12 2 Seiten 96-107 Graduate Journal of Social Science 2015.


Digital communication technologies and online social networking services are often referred to as systems of opportunities for social inclusion of people with disabilities, not least through the facility of communicating in relative anonymity, potentially free of certain prejudices and other social barriers. They are further described as tools for activism, empowering individuals and fostering autonomy (Shakespeare 2008). This opens up important questions in regard to participatory design approaches and political implications of collaborative research and technology development. In this discussion paper we will carve out a specific case study: a participatory design research project developed in the context of deaf-blind communication, interaction, empowerment and activism.

Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence