Universal Access to Technology

Universal access to technology is a critical and complex challenge. Technology designed in one environment may be built around conditions that have no relevance in other geographies. Technology built by technology teams that lack diversity may include errors of assumption that significantly limit the technology’s value or cause it to perpetuate social injustice. Life-critical technology that is unaffordable will fail to meet its potential or even its basic purpose. A failure to consider ergonomics may result in technologies that injure the user. Together these challenges create a divide between between potential and actual technology benefits, and between technology haves and have-nots. This affects both users and the technology communities themselves.

(The current description indicates the interests here, but not the final SSIT position related to this work.)