Digital Access and Equity

Examining the impact of a connected, digitally-focused society.

Digital technologies have potential for overcoming social, economic and geographic barriers and improving outcomes in health, access to justice and economic inclusion. However, they also risk increased discrimination, differentiation and exclusion. Importantly, issues of digital equity are not just about access to technology, but also about language, content, comprehension and safety.

This research program supports interdisciplinary research examining the impact of a connected, digitally-focused society. It evaluates the presumptions about knowledge, language, accessibility and consent that inform the design and implementation of new technologies. It works to develop innovative and inclusive ways to make a technologically-integrated society a fairer and more equitable one.

This research program is led by Professor Jeannie Paterson and Associate Professor Shanton Chang.

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