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

Andrew Russell arussell at arussell.org
Mon Oct 22 10:04:23 PDT 2018

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 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,

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