I am a historian researcher with UCLA Computer Science, where I study internet and cybersecurity infrastructure, research, and governance.
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, and co-founded the Internet Research Incubator. 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.
- Fidler, B. “Border Router Protocols in Internet Standardization and Control” (Manuscript presented at SHOT SIGCIS 2015.)
- Fidler, B., and Russell, A. (2016.) “Infrastructure Maintenance at the Defense Communications Agency: Recasting the Internet in Histories of Technology” (Under review; manuscript presented at SHOT 2014.)
- Fidler, B., and Dupont, Q. [Equal contributions] (2016). “Edge Cryptography and the Co-Development of Computer Networks and Cybersecurity” In press with the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing.
- Fidler, B., and Currie, M. (2016). “Infrastructure, Representation, and Historiography in Bolt Beranek and Newman’s Arpanet Maps.” IEEE Annals of the History of Computing 38, no. 3 (July 2016): 44–57. doi:10.1109/MAHC.2015.69.
- Fidler, B., and Acker, A. (2016). “Metadata, Infrastructure, and Computer-Mediated Communication in Historical Perspective.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Prepublication.
- 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)
My first 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.
Miscellany (under construction)
- The Dependence of Cyberspace, for the first Maintainers conference
- I discussed the past and future of the Internet on the Road to Now podcast
Updated 12 September 2016