Digital technologies as ageing population policy-supportive tool. Towards Responsible Ageing Population Policy concept

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Submission Deadline: Fri 30 Apr 2021
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Journal Name : Telecommunications Policy
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Background and Motivation

Ageing societies are one of the most important challenges for societies and economies that ICT may help to tackle it (Siegel and Dorner, 2017; Baraković et al., 2020; Flick et al., 2020). Digital technologies may help to transform the health care systems enhancing visible benefits for people. Artificial intelligence solutions or super-fast computer bring the opportunity to transform the way we receive and provide health and care services, enabling introduction of innovative systems that ensure independent living for elder people, or integrated health and social care systems. Moreover, health and other social data storage and massive flows of them, advanced data analytics may accelerate development of more personalized medicine, early diagnosis of diseases and hence more effective treatments, just to cite few examples. Despite several unquestionable advantages and benefits that ICT offer for ageing population, rapid technology developments and digitalization of various spheres of life, brings certain risks digital exclusions. Elder population seem to be extremely exposed to that type of risk and may general several observable negative effects like, inter alia, poorer access to health care system and thus reduced wellbeing (Levy et al., 2015; Hong et al., 2017), poorer political participation and knowledge (Wei and Hindman, 2011; Shandler et al., 2019), deprivation of different opportunities that the having-access part of society may benefit from. Different dimensions of the digital divide are detectable, see e.g. works of Francis et al. (2019), Mihelj et al. (2019), Blažič and Blažič (2020), including the recently developed concept of the “grey digital divide” (Millward, 2003; Friemel, 2016; Mubarak and Mycyk, 2017; Huxhold, 2020).

Objectives and Topics

The aim of this special issue is to broader our understanding of various aspects of ageing societies in the context of the digital revolution. The major focus is put on emerging age-based digital divides that are also detectable in labour market, violated – due to broad technology deployment – citizenship empowerment and inclusion, state policies and action undertaken to ensure senior citizens support through ICT-based networks. We put much emphasis on digital technologies (ICT) as an opportunity-enabling tool for elder people, that helps to design state policies aiming to reduce vulnerability of ageing societies prone to fast technological developments being out of their scope, reduce being at risk of digital exclusion and support digitally-based solution for social wealth creation or e-health solutions supporting traditional health-care system. Our approach may help to build fundamentals for “responsible ageing population policy” concept where digital technologies are central tool supporting state policies. Below is a list of potential topics, however, are not limited to

  1. The future of elders in digital economy – harnessing digital technologies for aging population
  2. Adopting digital technologies as state-policy supportive tool for aging society
  3. Strategies in deploying digital technologies for aging labour force as economically disadvantaged group
  4. Older workers and digital (il)literacy – supportive policies on labour markets to eradicate digital exclusion of older labour force
  5. Digital technologies and the health system
  6. Use of Artificial intelligence in health care
  7. Promoting active aging through digital technologies adoption
  8. Measuring digital technologies impact on aging population well-being
  9. Global, national, local digital technologies adoption for aging societies – factors of success
  10. Case-based evidence on digital technologies versus aging society

Only original papers will be considered. They should be between 6000 and 9000 words (all inclusive), and will be blind reviewed following the journal’s standard peer review process.

Important dates

  1. Paper submission: 30 April 2021
  2. First round of external review: 15 June 2021
  3. Submissions of revised papers: 15 August 2021
  4. Second round of external reviews: 1 October 2021
  5. Final acceptance: 15 November 2021
  6. Publication: 30 January 2022

Papers will be published online once they have been accepted (i.e. before being allocated to a volume/ issue).

Submission guidelines

Papers should follow the standard guidelines of Telecommunications Policy and they will be selected competitively according to their intrinsic quality. All papers will be subject to a standard refereeing process. Telecommunications Policy website for on-line submission:

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Guest Editors

Prof. Ewa Lechman (Managing Guest Editor, Gdańsk University of Technology)

Prof. Anita Richert Kaźmierska (Guest Editor, Gdańsk University of Technology)

Prof. Antonio Rodriguez Andres (Guest Editor, VŠB-Technical University of Ostrava)

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