Accepted paper:

Application Brasil 4D tested by the social and cognitive justice


Sayonara Leal (University of Brasilia)

Paper short abstract:

This research discuss about how cognitive and social justice participate in the design and uses of appliances of social benefits, Brasil 4D, whose tests made by its users reframe its conception and function, in a pragmatic and sociotechnological perspective.

Paper long abstract:

The Brazilian interactive digital TV system has among its main bases the promotion of the digital inclusion in the country towards an important national scenery of digital rupture. The interaction given by the Brazilian middleware Ginga has allowed initiatives of social justice when from this technology applications of social benefits are built for open TV, offering public services to the citizens who integrate the group called "social disadvantaged". The focus on interactive applications for the digital TV based on social rights makes these mechanisms one technical object relevant to question the relation among "critical technological citizenship", cognitive and social justice in societies which aim to put together technological development and action against the social disparity. In this way we are based on data obtained in research about uses of appliances of social benefits by populations attended by the Brazilian social politics of income distribution Bolsa Familia, in the Brazilian Federal District, in the frame Brasil 4D. It's a kind of "base application" which works in the social and technical environment of Ginga and produces information services about welfare system to families attended by the politics Bolsa Familia. From the data obtained on qualitative research techniques with users of the Brasil 4D, we discuss, based on the approaches of the innovation sociology and in the pragmatic sociology, how the relation among interaction, critical technological citizenship and social justice from the access to the appliance and consider the relations and tensions between its invention and uses, which reframe its conception and function.

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Science and Technology for Social Justice