Power influences upon technology design for age-related cognitive decline using the VSD framework

  • Oliver K. BurmeisterEmail author
  • David Kreps
Original Paper


Implicit in the value sensitive design (VSD) approach is a concern for understanding, and where possible, disrupting problematic power relationships. Yet an awareness of the issues and ethics of power relations is a pre-requisite for such a concern to bear fruit. This article provides some insight into the issues, and through a case study of technology design to support care arrangements for age-related cognitive decline, illustrates how finding a satisfactory resolution can be particularly troublesome.


Health informatics Participatory design Philosophical ethics Values Power Value sensitive design 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computing and MathematicsCharles Sturt UniversityBathurstAustralia
  2. 2.Centre for Digital BusinessUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK

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