Bradley FidlerI am a postdoc researcher with UCLA Computer Science, where I study internet and cybersecurity history and policy.

I hold faculty affiliations with UCLA Digital Humanities and the Center for Social Medicine and Humanities at UCLA, am a department editor for the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, co-founded the Internet Research Incubator, and direct KCIS. I wrote my dissertation on the introduction of atypical antipsychotics to US primary care (UCLA History, 2011), during which time I contributed to NIMH-funded mental health policy research.


Email at fidler at ucla dot edu. See also Academia.eduZoteroLinkedInGoogle Scholar, Strava.

Upcoming Publications

Fidler, B. “Border Router Protocols in Internet Standardization and Control” (Manuscript presented at SHOT SIGCIS 2015.)

Fidler, B., and Dupont, Q. [Equal contributions.]  (2016). “Edge Cryptography in the Co-Development of Computer Network and Security Architecture.” (Under review; manuscript presented at SHOT 2015.)

Fidler, B., and Russell, A. (2016.) “Internet Infrastructure Development at the Defense Communications Agency.” (Under review; manuscript presented at SHOT 2014.)


Fidler, B., and Currie, M. (2016.) “Infrastructure, Representation, and Historiography in Bolt Beranek and Newman’s Arpanet Maps,” preprint with the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing

Fidler, Bradley, and Amelia Acker. “Metadata, Infrastructure, and Computer-Mediated Communication in Historical Perspective.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Prepublication March 1, 2016.

Fidler, B. and Acker, A. (2015). “Metadata and Infrastructure in Internet History: Sockets in the Arpanet Network Control Program,” Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

Fidler, B., and Currie, C. (2015). “The Production and Interpretation of Arpanet Maps,” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 37(1), 44-55.

Fidler, B., and Currie, M. (2015). “Gateways: Historical Underpinnings of a Single Internet,” iConference 2015 Proceedings

Fidler, B. “Lithium” (2014), Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness (Sage)

Upcoming Book

My book is about the development of US Department of Defense/NATO computer networks and their relationship to the security architecture and politics of the civilian Internet.


Digital Humanities 150/250: Algorithms and Protocols in Cyberspace (Spring 2016, UCLA).

Digital Humanities 150/250: Internet Histories (Fall 2014, UCLA): here is the syllabus and evaluations.

History 180A: Introduction to the History of the Internet (Summer 2012, UCLA).

From 2008-10 I was a Teaching Assistant and Associate with the UCLA Department of History.


Together with the UCLA Special Collections, UCLA Digital Library, and MLIS graduate students, I created a scholarly archive of 20+ feet of primary source materials from the early history of computer networks and the Internet.  These archives can be accessed physically and digitally.


I have conducted around 30 interviews on the development of Internet architecture and infrastructure. The first batch should go online in 2016-17.


Updated 27 March 2016