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Colloquium: Marijn Sax on Health Apps and the Question of User Autonomy
25 April @ 16:00 - 18:00
Marijn Sax (UvA) will present a chapter entitled ‘Health Apps and the Question of User Autonomy’.
Abstract: Health apps should be understood and analyzed as commercial services that often use health as a means towards their own profitable ends. To some extent, this is a perfectly acceptable way to do business. However, given the importance of health, and given the technological capabilities and commercial interests of popular health apps, there is also a serious risk of health apps overstepping their bounds by violating user autonomy via manipulative commercial practices. This early draft of the third chapter of my PhD thesis is an attempt to formulate an account of autonomy that can help me analyze potentially problematic commercial health app practices. I develop an account of autonomy that is procedural at heart, but is also sensitive to the important social-relational critiques on procedural autonomy. I use this account of autonomy to discuss how commercial health apps practices can violate user autonomy either directly or indirectly.
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