Sam Hinton


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PhD projects

Virtual, mixed and/or augmented reality, real-time graphics, location-based gaming, web design, creative data visualisation, computational design.


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Personal profile


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

Award Date: 1 Aug 2006

Bachelor, University of Canberra

Award Date: 1 Mar 1992

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Research Output

Playful Resistance of Data Futures

Hinton, S. & Hjorth, L., Jul 2020, The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media Art. Hjorth, L., Lanson, K. & De Souza E Silva, A. (eds.). United Kingdom: Routledge, p. 506-520 15 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookOther chapter contribution

  • Beauties and Beasts: Catalogue of the Twenty-third Faculty of Arts & Design Staff Art Exhibition

    ABDUL RAHIM, H., BARRASS, S., Clover, C., FIRTH, D., FLORANCE, C., MUNDEN, P., WILLIAMS, J., FLOWERS, T., Frederick, U., Hayne, K., HINTON, S., MACKENZIE, A., Elin, S., Hao, W., JASPER, M., KOMAC, U., SHERRATT, T., WALKER, O., WEBB, J. & HETHERINGTON, P., 2017

    Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

    Open Access

    Canberra Urban Activation Study: Play, Creativity and Culture

    HOPE, C., TURNER, B., FULLER, G. & HINTON, S., 2017, Canberra, Australia: ACT Government. 208 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

    Open Access
  • 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
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    Understanding Social Media

    HINTON, S. & Hjorth, L., 2013, 1 ed. London: SAGE Publications Ltd. 168 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • 41 Citations (Scopus)