[SIGCIS-Members] CHM Prize for 2018: Ben Peters, How Not to Network a Nation

Barbara B Walker bbwalker at unr.edu
Mon Oct 22 11:07:02 PDT 2018


Hurrah!!! Chalk one up for Soviet history, which has so much to give us all, and its specialists!!! Congratulations on your wonderful book, Ben!!!!!

Barbara Walker
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University of Nevada, Reno
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From: Members <members-bounces at lists.sigcis.org> on behalf of Ben Peters <bjpeters at gmail.com>
Date: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:36 AM
To: Andrew Russell <arussell at arussell.org>
Cc: "members at lists.sigcis.org" <members at lists.sigcis.org>
Subject: Re: [SIGCIS-Members] CHM Prize for 2018: Ben Peters, How Not to Network a Nation

Dear SIGCIS Crew,

Thank you, Andy! I’m flattered, humbled, and over the moon with this  kind announcement. The book owes much to many in this community and its longstanding interests in comparative and critical computing history.

If interested, here is the 3000-word version:

https://aeon.co/essays/how-the-soviets-invented-the-internet-and-why-it-didn-t-work<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Faeon.co%2Fessays%2Fhow-the-soviets-invented-the-internet-and-why-it-didn-t-work&data=01%7C01%7Cbbwalker%40unr.edu%7C54ba8394ea8b40441c1008d63844f539%7C523b4bfc0ebd4c03b2b96f6a17fd31d8%7C1&sdata=IyBLkilR2SNzMXJvBj68ctAvQdx3rP6zNLvZecTlamY%3D&reserved=0>

Best,

Ben

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On Oct 22, 2018, at 12:04 PM, Andrew Russell <arussell at arussell.org<mailto:arussell at arussell.org>> wrote:
Dear colleagues -

It’s a pleasure to announce that the Computer History Museum Prize for 2018 has been awarded to Ben Peters for How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet (MIT Press, 2016).

Please visit https://www.sigcis.org/2018chmprize<https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.sigcis.org%2F2018chmprize&data=01%7C01%7Cbbwalker%40unr.edu%7C54ba8394ea8b40441c1008d63844f539%7C523b4bfc0ebd4c03b2b96f6a17fd31d8%7C1&sdata=L%2F4zizGD1wsywyBNEkhwpUmPIh14bY2B1KAIReEBOzQ%3D&reserved=0> for details, including the prize citation, which I reproduce below.

Benjamin Peters’s history of the Soviet Internet represents a pathbreaking contribution to the understanding of the history of computing and networking. Based on detailed empirical research in Russian archives, it extends the reach of these histories into new, non-Anglo-American domains. In describing the complex institutional and political reasons for the ultimate failure of the All-State Automated Systems (OGAS), How Not to Network a Nation challenges common assumptions about the relationships between decentralization, free markets, and electronic networking. Peters’s treatment of Soviet networking brings into sharper view the infrastructures, power relations, successes, and shortcomings of our own electronic networks.

Best regards,

Andy
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