Sam Hinton


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Dr Sam Hinton has more than 20 years experience in digital and internet-related media. Sam first started developing for the web back in 1993 when he downloaded NCSA Mosaic via a telnet FTP session. He's been studying and promoting the web ever since.

From 1995 Sam worked at the ANU in the Centre for Networked Information and Publishing as the ANU's "web master". He left that job to do his PhD in 1998, and also to work on a mod for Quake III called Urban Terror, which ended up being a very successful and eye-opening look into the world of game development.

In 2003 Sam joined the University of Canberra as a lecturer. Sam is the co-author of "Understanding Social Media" (2013) and is an active researcher in technical and social aspects of computational and digital technologies.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, La Trobe University


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Projects 2007 2013

Research Output 2005 2017

Canberra Urban Activation Study

HOPE, C., TURNER, B., FULLER, G. & HINTON, S., 2017, Canberra, Australia: ACT Government. 222 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

Electronic Visualisation and The Arts Australasia 2016: Conference Papers

HINTON, S. (ed.), 30 Sep 2017, Canberra: University of Canberra. 69 p.

Research output: Book/ReportAnthology

Open Access
Conference Papers

Understanding Social Media

HINTON, S. & Hjorth, L., 2013, 1 ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. 161 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

social media
cultural landscape
popular culture
cultural studies

Cinema of the Gun: Science and Technology studies and the First Person Shooter

Hinton, S., 2011, Global Media Convergence and Cultural Transformations. Jion, D. YO. (ed.). First ed. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, p. 296-310 15 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

Playing with Complexity: An approach to exploratory data visualisation

ENNIS BUTLER, B., HINTON, S. & WHITELAW, M., 2011, Proceedings of 'Creativity: brain, mind, body', the 2011 Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) Annual Conference. Bull, G. (ed.). Canberra: Australian Council of University Art and Design Schools, p. 1-12 12 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookConference contribution

Open Access
computer game
cultural heritage