Technology, Knowledge, & Society Journal Award

The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society offers an annual award for newly published research or thinking that has been recognized to be outstanding by members of the Technology, Knowledge & Society Research Network.

Award Winner for Volume 11 of The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society

How Ageism Contributes to the Second-Level Digital Divide: The Case of Canadian Seniors

IMPACT STATEMENT:

Martine Lagacé is an Associate Professor at the Department of Communication of University of Ottawa. Over the past the 15 years, she has done extensive work on the issue of ageism, as one form of prejudice and discrimination that is quite pervasive in Western cultures but often ignored. Her previous studies have shown for example, that ageism has a deleterious impact on seniors and older workers, in that it lowers their self-esteem, and leads to psychosocial disengagement. In the current study, Lagacé, Charmarkeh, Tanguay and Laplante show that the way seniors are portrayed in terms of their capacity to adapt and learn how to use new technologies has a profound impact on their level of interest as well as feelings of competency in using these technologies. Few studies have addressed the link between ageism and interest/usage of ICT and as such, results of the current study shed new light on the so-called “grey digital divide”.

Past Award Winners

Volume 10

Story Telling and the Dissolution of Categories

Ellen McCabe, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society: Annual Review, Volume 10, pp. 15-23


Volume 9

State Parties 2.0: Facebook, Campaigns, and Elections

Marija Bekafigo, Diana Cohen, Jason Gainous, and Kevin Wagner, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, Volume 9, Issue 1, pp. 99-112


Volume 8

The Collaborative-geomatics Informatics Tool: Engaging Youth Using Place-based Education

Andrea D. Isogai, Dr. Daniel D. McCarthy, Jim D. Karagatzides, Skye Vandenberg, Holly Gardner, Vicky Edwards, Dr. Don Cowan, and Dr. Leonard J. S. Tsuji, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, Volume 8, Issue 1, pp.131-142


Volume 7

The (Broken?) Promise of Digital Democracy: An Early Assessment

John Branstetter, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp. 151-162


Volume 6

Threadbearers: The Disseminators of Technology

Charles Harding, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp. 141-150


Volume 5

Modern Time: Photography and Temporality

Kris Belden-Adams, The International Journal of Technology, Knowledge, and Society, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp. 25-42