End-user Empowerment: An Interdisciplinary Perspective

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In virtue of fast spreading emerging technologies, considering end-user empowerment (or human empowerment) while developing or adapting technologies gains importance. Even though many different approaches to end-user empowerment have been proposed, it is hardly clear what "end-user (human) empowerment" is and how it is possible to develop "end-user empowering systems". This paper offers an interdisciplinary perspective on how it can be possible to arrive at a synthesized concept of end-user empowerment, in particular regarding the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). The provided interdisciplinary perspective includes concepts from Computer Science, Information Systems, Cognitive Science, Psychology, Sociology, Science-Technology-Society, Design, System Science and Philosophy. Based on an interdisciplinary literature review, and from an enactivist, pluralist, and constructivist perspective, we argue that the individual end-users and their needs and values, as well as the environment (including socioeconomical contexts, other actors, etc.) and technologies they interact with, continuously co-create the conception of end-user empowerment. Moreover, we propose that perceiving technological development as co-creation, and considering technologies as value-bearers could provide the first steps in the development of conceptual frameworks required for the development of end-user empowering systems.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Editors Tung Bui
Place of PublicationHawaii, United States
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Austrian Classification of Fields of Science and Technology (ÖFOS)

  • 102001 Artificial intelligence
  • 102015 Information systems
  • 505002 Data protection
  • 603122 Philosophy of technology
  • 504028 Sociology of technology
  • 504
  • 604008 Design


  • Digital Economy
  • End-user empowerment
  • Human-centricity
  • Information Systems
  • Privacy

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