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The Business of Digital Disability


Goggin, G and Newell, CJ, The Business of Digital Disability, The Information Society, 23, (3) pp. 159-168. ISSN 0197-2243 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/01972240701323572


The paradox of disability and inclusive information technology is considered. If we are now possessed of greater knowledge about disability and design, why is accessible and inclusive technology so difficult to bring about? Is it because inclusive technology is not profitable, and so unattractive for businesses and unsustainable as an industry? Or is the answer more education and awareness? This paper seeks to reframe dominant approaches to disability, information technology, and policy, by offering a thesis centred upon the power relations of disability and the crucial role played by disability's cultural and social constitution. In explaining and testing the theory, we look at case studies from telecommunications, mobile phones, and the Internet.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Communications engineering
Research Field:Communications engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Legal processes
UTAS Author:Newell, CJ (Associate Professor Christopher Newell)
ID Code:46728
Year Published:2007
Web of Science® Times Cited:40
Deposited By:Medical Education Unit
Deposited On:2007-08-01
Last Modified:2011-11-29

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