University of Oulu

Kinnula, Marianne; Iivari, Netta; Molin-Juustila, Tonja; Keskitalo, Eino; Leinonen, Topi; Mansikkamäki, Eetu; Käkelä, Toni; and Similä, Martti, "Cooperation, Combat, or Competence Building – What Do We Mean When We Are ‘Empowering Children’ in and through Digital Technology Design?" (2017). ICIS 2017 Proceedings. 15.

Cooperation, combat, or competence building : what do we mean when we are ‘empowering children’ in and through digital technology design?

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Author: Kinnula, Marianne1; Iivari, Netta1; Molin-Juustila, Tonja1;
Organizations: 1University Of Oulu
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Version: accepted version
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Language: English
Published: International Conference on Informations Systems, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-12-11


This paper contributes by offering a refined understanding of what empowerment means in today’s digital technology design context. Research on children and digital technology design often calls for children’s empowerment, while little attention has been paid to discussing what empowerment of children really means. Information Systems research offers useful points of departure for scrutinizing the concept. We maintain that also Information Systems researchers and practitioners should see empowering of children in digital technology design as one of their tasks, while we also show that this empowerment can be achieved in a variety of ways. Our results bear relevance to the concept of empowerment in more general, not only regarding children.

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Series: Proceedings of the International Conference on Information Systems
ISSN: 1026-1079
ISSN-L: 1026-1079
Article number: 15
Host publication: Proceedings of International Conference on Information Systems (ICIS 2017). 10-12 December 2017, Seoul, Korea
Conference: International Conference on Information Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © 2017 The Authors and Association for information systems.