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Title: Ageism in the era of digital platforms
Author: Rosales Climent, Andrea  
Fernández Ardèvol, Mireia
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3)
Keywords: ageism
big data
digital divide
digital minorities
older people
Issue Date: 2020
Publisher: Convergence
Citation: Rosales Climent, A. [Andrea] & Fernández-Ardèvol, M. [Mireia] (2020). Ageism in the era of digital platforms. Convergence - the journal of research into new media technologies, 26(5-6), 1074-1087. doi: 10.1177/1354856520930905
Project identifier: info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/IJCI-2017-32162
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Abstract: Ageism is the most invisible form of discrimination. While there is some awareness of gender, racial, and socioeconomic discrimination on digital platforms, ageism has received less attention. This article analyzes some tools that are frequently embedded on digital platforms from an old-age perspective, in order to increase awareness of the different ways in which ageism works. We will firstly look at how innovation teams, following homophilic patterns, disregard older people. Secondly, we will show how ageism tends to be amplified by the methods often used on digital platforms. And thirdly, we will show how corporate values contradict the usability issues that mainly affect people with a low level of (digital) skills, which is more common among older people. Counterbalancing the abusive power control of the corporations behind digital platforms and compensating for the underrepresentation of groups in less favorable situations could help to tackle such discrimination.
Language: English
ISSN: 1354-8565MIAR
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