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New publications by SMIT researchers (January 2023 – March 2023)

Between January 2023 and March 2023, imec-SMIT, VUB researchers have published several scientific articles. Read here the summary of these articles.


Internet Policy Review

Ana Pop Stefanija wrote an opinion article titled ‘Solid, Mastodon, and the risk of overburdening the user’ for Internet Policy Review. In her article, she advocates that when designing technology for the people, we should design design the technologies with people in mind. We may not underestimate what new skills and responsibilities new technologies demand from people.


Participations, Journal of Audience & Reception Studies

Stephanie Tintel and Tim Raats wrote the article Young Flemish audiences’ cinemagoing intentions and VOD streamed viewing practices during COVID19′ for Participations, Journal of Audience & Reception Studies. Their article examines the socio-cultural and economic aspects influencing cinema-going behaviour during the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as the relationship between cinema-going and video-on-demand viewing behaviour among young Flemish adults (20-34 years).


Frontiers Social Inclusion in Cities

The article entitled ‘Invisible in the Smart City: Using Participatory Design Methods for Age-Friendly Solutions’ was authored by URBANAGE project partner imec-SMIT, VUB, Brussels, Belgium – namely Cora van Leeuwen, Juanita Devis Clavijo, Ilse Mariën and An Jacobs on behalf of the Digital Ageing Consortium. The article is published in Frontiers Social Inclusion in Cities and endeavors to provide a methodology to ensure that the older adults are represented in the smart city data and the translation of this data into automatic policy-making decisions.


Technology in Society

Ilse Mariën co-authored the article ‘Excluded from essential internet services: Examining associations between digital exclusion, socio-economic resources and internet resources.‘ for Technology in Society. Drawing on a media literacy perspective and capability theory, this article applies an alternative way to investigate digital exclusion. Using a survey administered among a sample of adults in the Flemish region of Belgium, this study empirically examined the associations between exclusion from essential internet services, socio-economic resources, and internet resources.


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