It's like a GPS community tool: Tactics to foster Digital Commons through Artifact Ecology

Mela Bettega, Raul Masu, Maurizio Teli

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Abstract

Digital Commons have been widely studied in HCI and co-design literature as an alternative to technologies produced by capitalistic corporations. In this paper, we present an action-research process that facilitates the use of digital commons among a group of participants. The process core aspect is understanding our participants' interests and values to present multiple off-the-shelf tools fitting their needs. In doing so, we leveraged on Artifact Ecologies, using them as an action-research tool. The process is articulated in three main phases: 1) we engaged participants in a reflection on their Artifact Ecologies, connecting the artifacts in use to their values; 2) we used these results to selected valuable digital commons; 3) we presented these tools to the group, connecting them to participants' ecologies. At the end of the process, we performed a collective interview to evaluate the process alongside assessing the adoption of the proposed technologies. Based on our findings, we developed five tactics to foster digital commoning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDIS 2021 - Proceedings of the 2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1710-1725
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781450384766
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2021
Event2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere, DIS 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: 28 Jun 20212 Jul 2021

Conference

Conference2021 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference: Nowhere and Everywhere, DIS 2021
CountryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period28/06/212/07/21

Keywords

  • Action Research
  • Artifact Ecology
  • Critical Computing
  • Digital Commons
  • FLOSS
  • Sustainable Interaction Design

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