How to put IT and society in desirable orders: Participatory Design, Actor-Network Theory and healthcare IT – University of Copenhagen

How to put IT and society in desirable orders: Participatory Design, Actor-Network Theory and healthcare IT

CCC invites students, faculty as well as everyone else interested to the lecture series New developments in the intersection between work practices and digital technologies.

Lecturer: Claus Bossen, Associate Professor, School of Communication and Culture, Centre for  Science-Technology-Society-Studier, Aarhus University.

Abstract

Shaping technology entails building society, as it has been claimed by the socio-technical movement and the later heirs within the field of Science-Technology-Society. This should not let us surrender to technological determinism, but rather encourage us to search for ways through which to pursue the ordering of society in desirable ways. Participatory Design focuses on the inclusion of intended users in the design of IT, and Actor-Network Theory on the inclusion of non-human actors in the design of society. 
Claus Bossen will present and discuss how participatory design provide a framework through which we can order society in desirable ways drawing on examples from healthcare IT design and implementation in Denmark