Participatory Design and the Divide between Developers and Older Adults
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Gesellschaft für Informatik e.V.
With the demographic change and the digital transformation as two major trends in today’s Western societies, new technologies aimed at older adults emerge at a fast pace. To meet the needs of older adults in technology development, participatory design in the form of living labs is practiced with an increasing number. Nonetheless, studies suggest that there are still ageist assumptions and stigmatizations persisting within the field of participatory design. Based on this, we examine two examples of living lab testing regarding the division of end-users and tech developers, as well as their respective decision-making powers in the development of socially responsible technology.