The formal aim of this module is to enable the students who take it to gain an understanding of the relevant national, European and International legislation, regulations and standards which are used to support access to selected ICT requirements and contexts. This knowledge is based on the belief that access to the information society is a human right.
It is assumed that after taking the module students will be able to both find and use relevant standards and also contribute to the standardisation process by working on or promoting standards. I do acknowledge that a number of the students taking the module are already active in this area and it is hoped that this module will prove useful to support them.
Regulation, legislation and standardisation are tools which can be used to increase access to the information society by those who are currently excluded from it or at risk of exclusion. These tools can be used to determine the rights of access and to spread information about those rights as well as distributing information on best practise technical solutions. Although the current inaccessibility of many systems could be seen as indicating failure on behalf of the people who work in accessibility regulation, legislation and standardisation, I do not think this is relevant as we must acknowledge how small a proportion they are of the ICT field.
This module is therefore focused on the use that can be made of these tools to spread information on the requirements of the e-excluded and the ways in which these tools can be written and promoted to ensure maximum effect.
Design For All, Digital Inclusion, eAccessibility
|Authors||Gill Whitney (Middlesex University)|
|First published / Last update:||2011|
|Courses:||MSc Digital Inclusion|