The right to access social security through the welfare state is enshrined in international human rights law. But the digitisation of welfare systems is threatening this right both through unaccountable algorithmic decision making and digitally excluded communities’ lack of access to services. Despite extensive scrutiny of these negative shifts there has been little examination of what a ‘good’ digitised welfare system might look like, even in Nordic countries where citizen-state relations are premised on a generous welfare state.
This project brings together UK and Scandinavian experts on the digital welfare state from computing, ICT for Development, information systems, and human rights, together with community groups in the UK to capture the values underlying existing provision, and propose new frameworks for ‘good’ digital welfare.
Dr Becky Faith, Research Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and ESRC Digital Futures at Work Research Centre.
Dr Miranda Kajtazi, Associate Professor, Department of Informatics, Lund University School of Economics and Management, Lund University, Sweden
Professor Øystein Sæbø, Professor of Information Systems, University of Agder, Norway
Professor Sara Hoffman, Chair of Information Systems and Information Management, Department of Information Systems, University of Agder, Norway
Dr Cathy Urquhart, Visiting Professor, Department of Informatics, Lund University and Professor Emeritus, Metropolitan University Business School
Kevin Hernandez, Research Officer, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex and ESRC Digital Futures at Work Research Centre