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INDUCT reports on preliminary findings of surveillance and empowerment study

Tuesday 21 August 2018

On 21 August, the Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Using Current Technology (INDUCT) project’s Early Stage Researcher Yvette Vermeer based at University College London reported on preliminary findings from her study to understand how surveillance technologies are marketed, and how this impacts people living with dementia and carers.

Previously, Yvette discussed the growing awareness of the role that surveillance has on addressing the needs of people with dementia and carers. Recent findings suggest that there are many lessons to be learned in exchanges between Europe and North-America. In Europe and North-America, a universal language is used to sell surveillance products online. This universal language emphasises the importance of increasing safety and independence, accompanied by the same stock photos of people depicted as wandering, lost and in grave danger. The portrayal of people with dementia as a ‘problem to be managed’ has been highlighted in previous research. The question what people living with dementia think about such media messages and technologies will be asked in future discussions.

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