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

Ensmenger, Nathan nensmeng at indiana.edu
Sun Oct 16 16:08:23 PDT 2016

> On Oct 16, 2016, at 3:26 PM, 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?

I have a copy of the *Networks of New York: An Illustrated Field Guide to Urban Internet Infrastructure* book, which is fabulous.   The author, Ingrid Burrington, was at the 2016 Maintainers conference at Stephens, and so she is knows the history of tech/history of computing community pretty well.   

The premise of the book — a field guide to infrastructure is brilliant.  She describes the spray-painted codes that maintenance workers use to identify where things are buried, covered, or otherwise concealed.  Its the language of maintenance hidden in plain sight throughout the built environment.   


Nathan Ensmenger 
Associate Professor of Informatics 
School of Informatics and Computing 
Indiana University, Bloomington 

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