Ethical, Cultural and Social Aspects of Technology

The use of new advanced technologies in the care and support of older adults poses significant social and ethical questions, particularly in areas such as robotics, artificial intelligence and sensors that collect potentially sensitive data. ETHICS-TECH is developing advice and methodology to assist researchers and policymakers who are exploring aging, disability and technology. The research also investigates ethical, privacy, and security factors that are most likely to contribute to disparities in the usage of emerging technologies.

Vision Statement

Workpackage Leads
  • Jeff Jutai, University of Ottawa
  • Jerome Bickenbach, Queen's University


Core Research Projects

Understanding the Issues around Adoption of e-Decision Support for Self-selection of Assistive Technology by Elders – 8.1 AT-SELECT

This project investigates factors that contribute to the adoption of an e-decision assistive technology (AT) tool for older adults and their caregivers. The project has two objectives: 1) to evaluate the feasibility of adapting a UK e-decision support system to the English and French Canadian context; and 2) to explore the readiness for an e-decision support system for self-selection of AT in Canada (SmartAssist).

Award Term: April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2020

AGE-WELL NCE Investment: $ 531,821

Total Non-NCE Contribution: $ 443,696

Project Leads
  • Claudine Auger, Université de Montréal
  • Manon Guay, Université de Sherbrooke
Researchers
  • Jeff Jutai, University of Ottawa

 

Aging, Disability and Technology: A Framework for Research, Implementation and Policy – 8.2 ADT

This project looks at how assistive technologies are accessed by Canadians. The research team identified funding and services gaps, and explored ethical, social, and policy issues, including data privacy and confidentiality. They are working with policymakers, the users of technology, researchers and others to support the development of policies that can improve access to technology in a fair way.

Award Term: April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2020

AGE-WELL NCE Investment: $ 548,958

Total Non-NCE Contribution: $ 171,819

Project Leads
  • Rosalie Wang, University of Toronto
  • Michael Wilson, McMaster Health Forum
Researchers
  • Evelyne Durocher, McMaster University
  • Jeff Jutai, University of Ottawa

 

Privacy, Security, and Ethics of the use of Emerging Technologies: Development and Validation of a Framework for Research and Policy – 8.3 PRIV-SENSE

This project aims to develop a framework to describe the influence of ethical, security and privacy factors in technology adoption. The project will explore these concepts through the creation of a mobile application to promote safe and rational medication use by older adults and people with disabilities. 

Award Term: April 1, 2015 - March 31, 2020

AGE-WELL NCE Investment: $ 584,391

Total Non-NCE Contribution: $ 428,675

Project Leads
  • Virginie Cobigo, University of Ottawa
  • Jeff Jutai, University of Ottawa
Researchers
  • Ann Cavoukian, Ryerson University
  • Céline Blanchard, University of Ottawa
  • Wendy Cukier, Ryerson University
  • Yves Lachapelle, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

 

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