Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Digital Humanity in Health #01 POLICY

FutureLabs, Second Floor, 1 Eastgate, Leeds, LS2 7LY

Policy issues often belatedly ask questions about humanity, morality and ethics, which are either reactive or reflective, or these issues are translated into targets or gateways at key points within processes. This understands humanity, morality and ethics as functions or processes within a system. What if we turned this around and asked how we might design policy for digital humanity? Or ask what a digitally humane policy might look like? What would we need to prioritise? How would we build for it? What existing priorities and presumptions would we need to discard or begin with? What good work can we find in existing national health and social care digital policy that sufficiently accounts for complex ethical issues for digital tools and services? What assumptions are underpinning digital policy and what future does it hold for our public services?


Mark Brown – Development Director Social Spider CIC@Markoneinfour

Dylan Roberts – Chief Digital Officer, Leeds City Council @DylanRRoberts

Dr Christopher Till – Chris Till is a sociologist who researches technologies and health. He is interested in how technologies help to shape our understandings and practices of health and bodies. In particular, he is concerned with the role of corporate and commercial interventions. Recent research has focused on the use of self-tracking devices in workplace wellness programs. This has explored how business and management aims are merged with the health and body projects of individuals through the use of digital devices, systems and data. He is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Leeds Beckett University, he blogs as thisisnotasociology.blog and tweets at @chrishtill

Tickets: Free but please book.

The Digital Humanity in Health and Care seminar series is brought to you by mHabitat in partnership with the School of Media and Communication at the University of Leeds. Curated by Dr Victoria Betton and Dr Helen Thornham, the three seminars bring people accessing health and care services, practitioners, policy makers and academics together to consider contemporary dilemmas around ethics, morals and humanity which may not always get the attention they deserve in the rush to adopt digitally enabled health and social care. Our seminar series is driven by three overarching questions:

  1. What does digital humanity look like? And what does it look like in relation to health and care and in relation to the axes below of policy, leadership and citizenship?
  2. Where is digital humanity in health and care? Is it, and could it be in systems? If it is in the human, then is this enough in a changing landscape?
  3. How can we be digitally humane? What everyday, digital, connective or community actions or reflections can we make or do?

Each seminar will begin with a provocation co-presented by a practitioner and an academic expert in the field. We will then use a case study to apply these insights into an everyday scenario. Each seminar will produce a summary paper which will be published on the mHabitat website.

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