The abaporu project on technology appropriation
The abaporu project explores technology appropriation: how people shape the technology they use to make it their own and how they transform their practices around technology’s possibilities.
The ideas behind the abaporu project were first laid out in “Mobile technology appropriation in a distant mirror: baroque infiltration, creolization and cannibalism”, by François Bar, Francis Pisani and Matthew Weber (April 07) [PDF – draft]. The paper was presented on April 12th as part of the Annenberg Center’s DIY speaker series, and on April 20th in Buenos Aires at the Seminario sobre Desarrollo Económico, Desarrollo Social y Comunicaciones Móviles en América Latina hosted by Fundación Telefónica [PPT slides].
Work on this project during the 2006-07 academic year has been supported in part by the Annenberg Center for Communication at USC.