Workpackage 8: Ethical, Cultural and Social Aspects of Technology

Core ResearchCatalyst ProgramStrategic Investment Program
Understanding the Issues around Adoption of e-Decision Support for Self-selection of Assistive Technology by Elders – Workpackage 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
Success Stories
Aging, Disability and Technology: A Framework for Research, Implementation and Policy – Workpackage 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
Privacy, Security, and Ethics of the use of Emerging Technologies: Development and Validation of a Framework for Research and Policy – Workpackage 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
  • Jeff Jutai, University of Ottawa
  • Virginie Cobigo, University of Ottawa
Success Stories
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