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.
I’m extremely excited to call attention to this new Think Piece in the IEEE Annals by Björn Westergard, “Do Computers Follow Rules Once Followed by Workers?“. Here’s a sample: If the “exhaustiveness” of work rules is simply defined as their susceptibility to “codification,” there is no distinction between explanans and explanandum, and the ALM theory […]
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.
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.
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 […]
Awhile back I wrote an encyclopedia entry on lithium, and here’s the preprint.
This is a talk I will be giving at the 2017 SIGCIS meeting, Command Lines: In my paper I will reassess the historical significance of the End to End Principle in light of an approach to core Internet technologies that I call the social relations of routing architecture. My objective is to provide an alternate […]
Observe and enjoy the preprint of my new Think Piece for the IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, “Eternal October and the End of Cyberspace.” It’s out, and it’s free
In a new paper with Quinn Dupont, we explain the origins of end-to-end security, and the consequences of a historical split between crypto and computer networking communities. Update: the IEEE has made our paper open access.
I had a great time on the excellent Road to Now Podcast, talking about the internet.
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 […]
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 […]