[SIGCIS-Members] New Soviet Internet book

M. Hicks mhicks1 at iit.edu
Mon Oct 17 10:49:39 PDT 2016

Congratulations on all of this, Ben! And thanks especially for sharing the Aeon piece. It's always nice to see historians communicating to wider audiences, and modeling how to do it so well! 

I'll give your work a shout out on the SIGCIS Twitter feed today (@sigcis) which Brad Fidler and I are currently taking turns running. (Others: please feel free to tweet your news @sigcis and we will do our best to help publicize your work or other items you find that are of interest to the community.)



Marie Hicks, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor, History of Technology
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL USA
mhicks1 at iit.edu | mariehicks.net | @histoftech
Programmed Inequality: How Britain Discarded Women Technologists and Lost Its Edge in Computing

On Oct 17, 2016, at 11:21 AM, Ben Peters <bjpeters at gmail.com> wrote:

SIGCIS Friends, 

I don't pretend to know how to plug my own book among so many folks I admire in the field, so I'll do it once and get out of the way. Here goes:  

MIT Press released How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet this summer. Since then it's been reviewed widely and warmly in five languages and in popular outlets from Nature to Gizmodo, with excerpts in First Monday (review links here). 

Aeon.co is featuring a popular version of the story today. (A great editing experience, by the way, if you don't already know them: Sam Dresser is a wizard.) Check out my first feature with Aeon here: 

Aeon: "How the Soviets invented the internet and why it didn't work" 

The book itself can be found here: Soviet Internet (First Monday excerpts). 

Feel free to share (I'm at @bjpeters) and holler back if I can say more. 

It's my first contribution to the emerging field of comparative network history, and it owes much to Slava Gerovitch, Eden Medina, and many, many others on this list, so the pleasure is genuinely mine.  

Thanks, and please enjoy! 


Benjamin Peters

Amazon author page
New books on the Soviet Internet (First Monday excerpts) and Digital Keywords (Culture Digitally excerpts)
Assistant Professor, Communication, the University of Tulsa
Affiliated Faculty, the Information Society Project, Yale Law School
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