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Colloquium: Marijn Sax on Health Apps and the Question of User Autonomy

25 April @ 16:00 - 18:00

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The next session of the UvA Philosophy and Public Affairs colloquium will take place on Wednesday 25 April, 4-6pm. Marijn Sax (UvA) will present a chapter entitled ‘Health Apps and the Question of User Autonomy’. Location: Faculteitskamer/Faculty Room, Oude Turfmarkt 147 (entrance at 141), Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam 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…
The next session of the UvA Philosophy and Public Affairs colloquium will take place on Wednesday 25 April, 4-6pm. Marijn Sax (UvA) will present a chapter entitled 'Health Apps and the Question of User Autonomy'. 
 
Location: Faculteitskamer/Faculty Room, Oude Turfmarkt 147 (entrance at 141), Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam 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.
 
Marijn Sax is a PhD candidate (since September 2016) at the Institute for Information Law and Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam. He has a background in Political Science (BSc.) and Philosophy (BA., MA., both cum laude) and is mainly interested in questions concerning ethics, privacy, and technology. Marijn's research focuses on the commercial practices of health apps. More specifically, he asks how such practices should be evaluated from an ethical perspective and how European unfair commercial practice law can help address ethically problematic commercial health app practices. Marijn's research is part of the Personalised Communication project.
 
Please email James Gledhill (j.s.gledhill@uva.nl) if you would like a copy of the paper. Marijn will give a short introduction, followed by comments from Naomi Jacobs (TU Eindhoven).

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25 April
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16:00 - 18:00
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The next session of the UvA Philosophy and Public Affairs colloquium will take place on Wednesday 25 April, 4-6pm.

Marijn Sax (UvA) will present a chapter entitled ‘Health Apps and the Question of User Autonomy’. 

 
Location: Faculteitskamer/Faculty Room, Oude Turfmarkt 147 (entrance at 141), Department of Philosophy, University of Amsterdam

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.

 
Marijn Sax is a PhD candidate (since September 2016) at the Institute for Information Law and Department of Philosophy of the University of Amsterdam. He has a background in Political Science (BSc.) and Philosophy (BA., MA., both cum laude) and is mainly interested in questions concerning ethics, privacy, and technology. Marijn’s research focuses on the commercial practices of health apps. More specifically, he asks how such practices should be evaluated from an ethical perspective and how European unfair commercial practice law can help address ethically problematic commercial health app practices. Marijn’s research is part of the Personalised Communication project.
 
Please email James Gledhill (j.s.gledhill@uva.nl) if you would like a copy of the paper. Marijn will give a short introduction, followed by comments from Naomi Jacobs (TU Eindhoven).

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