Inclusion by Accessible Social Media

Introduction to the Special Thematic Session
  • Harald Holone
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7382)


Social Media has great promise for facilitation of inclusion and participation for all. With this Special Topic Session, we wanted to address two perspectives on social media and inclusion: accessibility to social media on various device configurations, and inclusion through use of and engagement in social media. The papers in this STS falls into two broad categories. Three of four papers mostly look at the accessibility of social media, either with design guidelines, methodological considerations or surveys as central contributions. The fourth paper looks more closely at a case where computers and multimedia is used rehabilitation studies. This introduction provides a short introduction to social media and technology development, the scope of the STS, and a summary of the included papers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harald Holone
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  1. 1.Østfold University CollegeHaldenNorway

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