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Computer Sciences

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Jonathan Turner, Dympna O'Sullivan, Damian Gordon, Ioannis Stavrakakis, Brian Keegan and Emma Murphy. Addressing ethical issues in the design of smart home technology for older adults and people with disabilities. Proceedings of Ethicomp, 20th International Conference on the Ethical and Social issues in Information and Communication Technologies, Turku, Finland, 26-28th July, 2022


Unique ethical, privacy and safety implications arise for people who are reliant on home-based smart technology due to health conditions or disabilities. In this paper we highlight a need for a reflective, inclusive ethical framework that encompasses the life cycle of smart home technology. We present key ethical considerations for smart home technology for older adults and people with disabilities and argue for ethical frameworks which combine these key considerations with existing models of design and development.