Module 4: Disability & Digital Media Policy: Activating Rights for Better Design

In module 4, I study the global policy frameworks relevant to digital media and disability accessibility. The objective is to study the development of two main policy frameworks that influence disability and digital technology, especially concerning media:

1)      implementation of technology provisions of the CPRD. Here the research will be organized around the following questions: how are different actors shaping the processes of CRPD implementation — be they governments, regulators, technology developers, companies, user groups, or non-human actors? how are people with disabilities using digital technologies to advocate for rights in relation to technology? how is the CRPD being mobilized and used — discursively and rhetorically, as well as legally –– in activating disability rights in relation to digital technology? what kinds of outcomes are emerging from the implementation of the CRPD regarding “best practice”?

2)      the development of disability rights in relation to notions of rights in global media policy. Here I will include a case study of disability in a ten year comprehensive review of World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) (WSIS + 10; to be held in 2015).

Overall, this module will focus on an analysis of the practical translation of human rights principles into the field of application of digital technology and media — and how the two key international policy and legal endeavours can be explicitly co-ordinated and inter-related to give effect to disability rights.