CEDIC: Implementation of web accessibility regulations in the EU member states

Are you interested in social, ethical, political or legal issues concerning digital citizenship and the digitalization of the public sector?

CEDIC is an Excellent Academic Environment at OsloMet with the mission to produce groundbreaking research, provide training and advancement of mid- and early-stage researchers, and provide a fertile student environment for PhD and MA students. MA students who work on projects for CEDIC will be members of and participate in a multidisciplinary research team.

Research Centre for Digitalisation of Public Services and Citizenship (CEDIC) – OsloMet


The welfare state is undergoing an unprecedented structural transformation with increasing digitization of public services. These technological transformations have the potential to relocate life chances in ways that are likely to be asymmetrical in terms of who are able to benefit from them, raising concerns of access, de-humanization, effectiveness, equity, service provision and precision.

CEDIC aims to produce new knowledge about how the digitalization of public services impact different groups, such as the elderly, ethnic minority groups, persons with disabilities, and claimants and beneficiaries of means-tested social assistance. We combine sociological, psychological, philosophical, technical, legal and human rights perspectives, and are interested in how the provision of digital social services across the different welfare regimes of Europe.

Project description

The Web Accessibility Directive was adopted by the European Union in 2016.  The directive provides persons with disabilities with better access to websites and mobile apps of public services. How has the directive been implemented in Norway (or a different European country)? What have been the issues at stake? Which mechanisms and processes (“factors”) have influences on how the directive has been implemented? What do we know about the output or outcomes of the directive? Which enforcement mechanisms are in place? How effective has the directive been in promoting web accessibility in Norway (or a different European country)?

Possible data sources: policy documents and position papers from national public authorities, the parliament, and stakeholders (e.g. Digitaliseringsdirektoratet, LDO, NHO and organisations persons with disabilities in Norway). Expert or stakeholder interviews are also relevant data sources. 1-2 students (the student studying the case of Norway should be fluent in Norwegian)

Number of students: 1-2 students (the student studying the case of Norway should be fluent in Norwegian)

Contact persons:

Research assistant Maria Lokna: marialok@oslomet.no

Professor Rune Halvorsen: rune.halvorsen@oslomet.no

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