I am a researcher with the UCLA Computer Science Department, and a visiting research scholar with the Postel Center at the USC Information Sciences Institute. I study the history and politics of internet and cybersecurity infrastructure, architecture, governance, and innovation. I am active in the history of technology, history of computing, and science and technology studies (STS), and I contribute to 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.
- “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.)
Books in Progress
- Replica Program: a comparative study of two internet infrastructures
- Names, Numbers, and Holy Wars: a historical anthropology of networking research in action
- Cybersecurity Studies: history/theory for an encrypted information society; with Quinn DuPont
- Fidler, Bradley. “Eternal October and the End of Cyberspace.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 39, no. 1. (2017.) [preprint]
- 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. [preprint]
- 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, Internet Governance and Cybersecurity Trajectories: During and After the Postwar Order, Georgia Tech Internet Governance Project (IGP) Third Annual Workshop
- 2017, Architecture, Social Theory, and Political Economy, The Maintainers II: Labor, Technology, and Social Orders, Hoboken NJ
- 2017, Social Relations and Routing Architectures, Command Lines: Software, Power, and Performance (organized by SIGCIS and the Computer History Museum), Mountain View CA
- 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)