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Unplatformed Design: A Model for Appropriating Social Media Technologies for Coordinated Participation

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Dan Lambton-HowardORCiD, Professor Patrick OlivierORCiD, Dr Vasilis Vlachokyriakos, Dr Ahmed Kharrufa



This is the final published version of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by ACM, 2020.

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Using existing social media technologies as a resource for design offers significant potential for sustainable and scalable ways of coordinating participation. We look at three exemplar projects in three distinct domains that have successfully coordinated participation through the configuration and augmentation of existing social media technologies: participatory future forecasting, participatory health research, and connectivist learning. In this paper we conceptualise social media technologies as material for design, that is, as the raw material with which coordinated participation is realized. From this we develop a model that proposes four material qualities of social media technologies, morphology, role, representation of activity and permeability, and point to how they can be productively employed in the design of coordination of participation.

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Author(s): Lambton-Howard D, Olivier P, Vlachokyriakos V, Celina H, Kharrufa A

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems

Year of Conference: 2020

Pages: 1-13

Print publication date: 21/04/2020

Online publication date: 21/04/2020

Acceptance date: 13/12/2019

Date deposited: 04/05/2020

Publisher: ACM


DOI: 10.1145/3313831.3376179

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ISBN: 9781450367080