I am an historian with the UCLA Computer Science Department (professional research series), where I study internet and cybersecurity infrastructure, history, governance, and innovation. Much of my current work revolves around a comparative study of internet routing architecture. I am active in the history of technology, science and technology studies (STS), infrastructure studies, and the digital humanities. I wrote my doctoral dissertation (UCLA History 2011) on market strategy for atypical antipsychotics.
I hold faculty affiliations with UCLA Digital Humanities and the Center for Social Medicine and Humanities at UCLA, and am a department editor for the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. I recently co-founded the Internet Research Incubator.
Contact & Links
- “The Politics of Routing Architectures in Internet Distribution and Control.” Presented at SHOT SIGCIS 2015. (2017.)
- “Social Relations and Switched Architectures: Historicizing the End-to-End Principle” (2017.)
- “Infrastructure Maintenance at the Defense Communications Agency: Recasting the Internet in Histories of Technology.” With Andrew Russell. Manuscript presented at SHOT 2014; under review. (2017.)
- Fidler, Bradley. “Eternal October and the End of Cyberspace.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 39, no. 1. (2017.)
- Fidler, Bradley, and Quinn DuPont [equal contributions]. “Edge Cryptography and the Codevelopment of Computer Networks and Cybersecurity.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 38, no. 4 (October 2016): 55–73. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2016.49.
- Fidler, Bradley, and Morgan Currie. “Infrastructure, Representation, and Historiography in BBN’s Arpanet Maps.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 38, no. 3 (July 2016): 44–57. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2015.69.
- Fidler, Bradley, and Amelia Acker. “Metadata, Infrastructure, and Computer-Mediated Communication in Historical Perspective.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (2016), Prepublication.
- Fidler, Bradley, and Amelia Acker. “Metadata and Infrastructure in Internet History: Sockets in the Arpanet Host-Host Protocol.” Proceedings of the American Society for Information Science and Technology 51, no. 1 (January 1, 2014): 1–8. doi:10.1002/meet.2014.14505101054.
- Fidler, Bradley, and Morgan Currie. “Gateways: Historical Underpinnings of a Single Internet,” iConference 2015 Proceedings
- Fidler, Bradley, and Morgan Currie. “The Production and Interpretation of ARPANET Maps.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 37, no. 1 (January 2015): 44–55. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2015.16.
- Fidler, Bradley. “Lithium,” in Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness. Thousand Oaks: Sage Reference, 2014.
Recent & Upcoming Talks
- 2017, Social Relations and Routing Architectures, Command Lines: Software, Power, and Performance (organized by SIGCIS and the Computer History Museum), Mountain View CA
- 2017, Cybersecurity, Network Architecture, and the (Digital) Humanities, Workshop on New Connections for Digital Humanities and Cybersecurity, Arizona State University (with Quinn DuPont)
- 2017, The Encrypted Information Society: Rethinking Social Theory in an Age of Cryptology, Arizona State University Global Security Initiative, (with Quinn DuPont)
- 2016, The Dependence of Cyberspace, The Maintainers, Hoboken, New Jersey
- 2015, The Emergence of Border Router Protocols and Autonomous Systems c. 1968-89, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS), Albuquerque
- 2015, The Co-Development of Early Computer Network and Cryptography Infrastructure, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), Albuquerque (with Quinn DuPont)
My first book is about the development of civilian and military internets and, in particular, what can be learned from historical and comparative analysis of routing architectures. ETA 2018; research conducted in 2014-16; related articles and presentations forthcoming in 2017.