[csaa-forum] Seminar at UNSW: 'Software piracy, digital literacy, and social inclusion: A case study of a Venezuelan cybercafé’

Collin Chua c.chua at unsw.edu.au
Fri Sep 6 13:29:19 CST 2013


SAM Seminar Series 2013

‘Software piracy, digital literacy, and social inclusion: A case study of a Venezuelan cybercafé’
Tom Apperley, JMRC, UNSW

Robert Webster Building, Room 327
Tuesday, 10 September, 4.30-6pm

This talk examines the situated development and sharing of new, dynamic literacies, through an ethnographic account of digital gameplay in a cybercafé in Caracas, Venezuela.

In Cybercafé Avila, social inclusion through use of digital game platforms and software and inclusion in digital game culture, was underpinned by a reliance on an ‘unofficial’ knowledge of software piracy.

Through the pursuit of playing digital games, shared literacies emerged – which, while focused on how to most effectively play digital games, also included the mastery of techniques that made playing the games a possibility.

Dr. Tom Apperley is an ethnographer that specializes in researching digital media technologies. His previous writing has covered broadband policy, digital games, digital literacies and pedagogies, mobile media, and social inclusion. His book, Gaming Rhythms: Play and Counterplay from the Situated to the Global, was published by The Institute of Network Cultures in 2010.

Dr. Brigid Costello, UNSW, will be the discussant for this talk.


The School’s Seminar Series provides a showcase for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists to present their work. All are welcome to attend. Contact Collin Chua (C.Chua at unsw.edu.au<mailto:C.Chua at unsw.edu.au>) with any inquiries.

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