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Summary of Week 3

This week’s course was devised with several aims in mind. The first was simply educational, giving you a summary of the many different ways in which smartphones and digital devices …

The Fine Line Between Care and Surveillance

Even prior to Covid-19, the team had observed that the smartphone simultaneously facilitates our capacity for extending both care and also surveillance. We form WhatsApp groups to monitor and look …

Overview of the ASSA Project

Watch the video above to gain a sense of who we are and our range of fieldsites. In the video, each ASSA team member introduces her or his fieldsite, highlighting …

Smartphone Use During COVID-19

As with other members of the team, Shireen Walton continued to maintain contact with her research participants in Milan during the pandemic. Some early responses to lockdown in Italy such …

Visual conversation and care in Japan

While there have always been visual elements to communication (think of facial expressions and body language), our notion of a conversation has historically been restricted to just two media: oral …

Cameroon and Uganda Fieldsites

Each fieldsite had its own specific issues when it came to mHealth. Yaoundé, Cameroon Researcher Patrick Awondo found many ways in which smartphones are being used in the field of …

Beyond anthropomorphism

For more than a century, humanity has been fascinated by the development of the robot and its potential to realise our imagination of the anthropomorphic machine, which closely resembles a …

How older people get younger

As noted previously, in most regions, though not, for example, in Japan, smartphones initially were adopted mostly by younger users and became associated with youth culture. At first, this meant …

Smartphones, ageing and health

This short film presents a summary of our experience in considering mHealth and of developing our own interventions based on our studies. Several of these cases will be discussed in …

What is mHealth?

The World Health Organisation (2011) defines mHealth (mobile health) as “medical and public health practice supported by mobile devices”. mHealth sometimes comes under the umbrella of digital health or e-health …

The smartphone as object

Before considering the use of the smartphone for communication, we need to acknowledge its presence as a material object. Its tangibility may matter more to some populations than others, as …

Traditional ageing and nonnas

As you would find from browsing the Cultural Context of Aging book mentioned in the last step, every society will have its own traditions of ageing. While this may not …