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Title: Building an Alternative Social Currency: Dematerialising and rematerialising digital money across media
Authors: Ferreira, J
Perry, MJ
Issue Date: 10-Dec-2014
Publisher: Hanbit Media, Inc.
Citation: Jennifer Ferreira and Mark Perry. 2014. Building an alternative social currency: dematerialising and rematerialising digital money across media. In Proceedings of HCI Korea (HCIK ’15). Hanbit Media, Inc., Seoul, KOR, 122–131.
Abstract: This paper reports on the user experience and design of physical and digital forms of a mixed-media local currency. We reconceptualise digitally mediated transactions as social interactions and report on the development of conceptual designs informed by user research and interactive workshops. Our findings show that use is strongly tied to conceptions of locality and community, markers of identity, information exchange and the digital and physical forms as tools for shaping interactions. The form of the currency can make the invisible visible: such as our identities and values, business models and the details of the transactions themselves. Our analysis stresses the need to provide opportunities for extending social interaction, making more local connections and deriving the best value from those connections, without insulating individuals from each other, or from the wider geographical context. Themes that emerged from the user research were visualized as conceptual designs for digitally augmented media, allowing us to explore the monetary transaction at three levels: the material, as interaction between two parties, and the context of the transaction.
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