Mariam Asad, Sarah Schoemann
The field of HCI research has been increasingly interested in civic engagement and the full spectrum of activities that entails, from hyperlocal neighborhood message boards to the Arab Spring. Across this work, researchers have focused on how we might leverage existing technologies or design new tools to better support the mechanisms of democracy. We contend that, along with social groups and digital interventions, grassroots conferences are sites where civic engagement takes place. Different Games (DG) is one such organized conference, concerned with diversity and inclusivity in videogame communities . Here we use DG as an example of how democratic…
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