[SIGCIS-Members] How to See the Internet Hiding in Plain Sight

Marc Weber marc at webhistory.org
Sun Oct 16 12:43:55 PDT 2016

I would definitely recommend the book Tubes by Andrew Blum; he explores the huge physical infrastructure behind the Internet and the “cloud,” including the kind of equipment you see on telephone poles. Many of your emails still travel the same land and undersea routes as telegrams nearly 150 years ago. Ignore his recap of Internet history, which is mostly a repeat of ARPA creation myths. But the rest of the book is great. 
An earlier piece along the same lines is the mid ‘90s Wired piece "Mother Earth Motherboard <https://www.wired.com/1996/12/ffglass/>," by Neal Stephenson of Snow Crash fame. Very amusingly written, just smile at the mid ‘90s netopianism. 
Best, Marc

Marc Weber <http://www.computerhistory.org/staff/Marc,Weber/>
Curatorial Director, Internet History Program <http://computerhistory.org/nethistory>
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> On Oct 16, 2016, at 12:26, Alexandre Hocquet <alexandre.hocquet at univ-lorraine.fr> wrote:
> Apologies if it has been mentionned before. I came across serendipitously on this art infrastructure project
> http://gizmodo.com/how-to-see-the-internet-hiding-in-plain-sight-1787633653
> which is also a book
> http://www.mhpbooks.com/books/networks-of-new-york/
> As maintainers and infrastructure studies have been debated recently on the list, I wondered if it was known, and if it was, what do SIGCISers think about this piece?
> Yours,
> -- 
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> Alexandre Hocquet
> Université de Lorraine & Archives Henri Poincaré
> Alexandre.Hocquet at univ-lorraine.fr
> http://poincare.univ-lorraine.fr/fr/membre-titulaire/alexandre-hocquet
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