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This fall at Stevens I will be teaching my new course, Cyberspace and National Security. It will be a great way to synthesize my work and thinking in this area, and get students thinking more along these lines.

How to use twitter

Delete all the apps from everywhere, turn off all notifications, turn off twitter’s garbage emails. It’s time to utilize this service on your terms. Mute every single person you follow. Your main page will just be your tweets. You will check in on people by visiting their page. Going to their page is a positive […]

I’m co-organizing a 4S SYDNEY panel on the possible convergences of computer science and the critical-epistemological humanities. More news as it happens.

My forthcoming book, Inventing Protocol: The Internet and its Crises, will be published with the MIT Press, in the Science, Technology, and Society series.

Cybersecurity Governance

My latest article, “Cybersecurity Governance: A Prehistory and its Implications,” is now out in Digital Policy, Regulation and Governance. Message me for a preprint if you don’t have access. Here is the introduction: This paper provides an analysis of early internet history, so as to better understand the challenges faced in contemporary cybersecurity governance and its […]

This month I begin as Assistant Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Stevens Institute of Technology, in the College of Arts and Letters.

The Financial Basis of Computer Networks

New preprint for a new article. Andrew Russell and I look at the social and financial infrastructure that must be built and maintained for computer networks to operate. We go back to the archetypical and most hagiographic of all computer network stories: the Arpanet and the Internet. Fidler, Bradley, and Andrew L. Russell. “Infrastructure and […]

Metadata is Forever

I don’t know when JASIST will publish this paper on metadata, so here is a link to it on early view. The takeaways here are that 1) metadata related to user behavior has been generated by computer networks since the first computer networks, and that 2) it’s so integral to the basic functioning of computer […]

The Dependence of Cyberspace

I wrote this for The Maintainers conference . Introduction: There’s Never Been Freedom of Anything in Cyberspace I want to begin by discussing the context in which John Perry Barlow wrote his Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace from Davos in 1996. For those unaware, Barlow was on a writing deadline, at a party, with the world’s […]