CEDIC: Social regulation of web accessibility in the EU

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.


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. It took more than a decade to negotiate the content of the directive. What was the original position of the Commission and how did the negotiations influence on the final directive?

Possible data sources

Policy documents and position papers from the Commission services, the European Parliament, stakeholders such as Business Europe and the European Disability Forum, and the member states. Expert or stakeholder interviews are also relevant data sources.

Number of students: 1 student

Contact person: Professor Rune Halvorsen: rune.halvorsen@oslomet.no

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