Pirate Infrastructures

The project maps the software piracy supply ecosystem - from understanding the institutions that support the warez scene where software is initially cracked to parsing the motivations of vendors who sell these software to consumers. It also studies how these pirate infrastructures play an important role in allowing underserved communities gain access to goods and services, through creating alternate informal systems of distribution.

Github Projects



  1. Chandra, P. (2016). Order in the Warez, Scene: Explaining an Underground Virtual Community with the CPR Framework. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 372-383). ACM. link
  2. Chandra, P. (2016). Across the Borders of Legality: Leveraging Pirate Infrastructures, at HCI4D Across Borders, CHI 2016, USA. link
Priyank Chandra
Postdoctoral Fellow

I study design and informality focusing on communities who live on the margins.