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Social networking for older people’s well-being : An example of applying the capability approach

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Author: Steen, M.G.D. · Aarts, O.A.J. · Broekman, C.C.M.T. · Prins, S.C.L.
Type:article
Date:2011
Source:Human Development and Capability Association HDCA Conference 2011, The Hague, 6-8 September 2011, 1-12
Identifier: 445513
Keywords: Sociology · Information Society · Human · HOI - Human Behaviour & Organisational Innovations · BSS - Behavioural and Societal Sciences

Abstract

In this paper, we discuss several ways in which the capability approach offers a valuable and useful perspective to better understand and organize processes of designing ICT. First, we present the WeCare project, in which the authors work and which will serve as an example of applying the capability approach. Next, we introduce our understanding of the capability approach. After that, we discuss several challenges in the design of ICT services, based on our experiences of working in the WeCare project. Furthermore, we explore ways in which the capability approach can help to better understand and organize projects similar to the WeCare project—projects in which ICT is considered as a means to empower people.