SENIOR Consortium Building Roadmap for Ethical and Inclusive ICT for the Elderly

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Committed to unraveling the complex and diverse needs of the elderly and their care network, understanding how new and emerging technologies impact those needs, and responding to the urgency posed by the fast growth of the older population is a global priority for policy makers and industry alike. Given these needs, the SENIOR project (a project funded by the European Commission - http://www.seniorproject.eu) is continuing to advance towards the development of a roadmap to help drive policy in the government sector and influence design in the industrial arena.

Committed to unraveling the complex and diverse needs of the elderly and their care network, understanding how new and emerging technologies impact those needs, and responding to the urgency posed by the fast growth of the older population is a global priority for policy makers and industry alike. Given these needs, the SENIOR project (a project funded by the European Commission - http://www.seniorproject.eu) is continuing to advance towards the development of a roadmap to help drive policy in the government sector and influence design in the industrial arena. In the initial stages of roadmap development, SENIOR conducted a workshop (2 and 3 June) in Brussels to examine socio-anthropological issues affecting the elderly and their use of ICT, and is continuing its work by directly examining key technological developments within a European perspective.

In the latter half of 2008, the SENIOR consortium will continue their work through a global network of thought leaders who will contribute to publications and surveys on topics relevant to ICT and the elderly. In addition, expert groups will conduct a series of workshops on five key technology areas, including: ubiquitous computing, ubiquitous communication, intelligent user interface, assistive technologies and robotics, and adaptive software. Kush Wadhwa, Managing Director of Global Security Intelligence, one of eight consortium partners, observed that "we are looking forward to a very successful dialogue and exchange of ideas as we bring together experts across a broad range of disciplines, including technology development, industry, standards development, ethicists, policy makers, and other researchers who are leading the work to address the needs of the elderly in new and creative ways." These experts will focus their work on issues related to ethics, privacy, and social inclusion, and look at how emerging technologies will challenge assumptions about how people and technology will interact in the future.

The coordinator of the SENIOR consortium, Emilio Mordini, has proposed that "the work SENIOR is progressing in this area is expected to have a significant impact, not only on how we view technology in aiding the elderly to live independent, healthy, lives, but as importantly, in helping industry to better plan and execute on a vision for technologies that take ethical and social inclusion issues into account." Archived presentations from the Socio-Anthropological workshop have been posted to the SENIOR project website and a full report will be available soon. Newsletters about SENIOR's ongoing activities can also be downloaded from the project website at http://seniorproject.eu/index.php?module=CMpro&func=viewpage&pageid=11

About SENIOR:
The Social Ethical and Privacy Needs in ICT for Older People: A Dialogue for Roadmap (SENIOR) is a 2 year support action which aims to provide a systematic assessment using dialogue as the key instrument to evaluate the social, ethical and privacy issues involved in ICT and Ageing. As a result, SENIOR will provide an understanding of how technological trends are responding to the goals of inclusion for the ageing and using lessons learned from those trends, plan strategies for the future to closely link these issues to technology at the design level. SENIOR is funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, Contract N: 216820. The SENIOR consortium includes the project coordinator, Centre for Science, Society and Citizenship (IT), and project partners, European Business Associates (IT), Global Security Intelligence Limited (UK), Inclusion Alliance for Europe (RO), In-JeT ApS (DK), International Forum for Biophilosophy (BE), Trilateral Research & Consulting LLP (UK), and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE).

About Global Security Intelligence Limited
Global Security Intelligence Limited is committed to exploring the continuously expanding range of technologies that may be used to enhance an individual's safe and secure experience at home, at work, as they travel, and as they interact and communicate with others. We take a holistic approach to crafting solutions that serve the individual, the organization within which they work, the locale and country in which they live, and the highly-mobile international community. Global Security Intelligence addresses itself to the effective uses of ubiquitous, ambient technologies which enable ageing or disabled individuals to live independent and socially active lives. For more updates on GSI's work on the SENIOR Project, check out the Case Study at: http://globalseci.com/?page_id=81

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