On October 23, please join the College of Arts and Letters for the Humanities Forum, "The Origins of Binding: Social-Property Systems and Computation," presented by Bradley Fidler, an assistant professor in Stevens' science, technology and society program.
What is the relationship deep-down between capitalism and computers? Since the 19th century, economists and political economists have understood that capitalism operates as a distributed system of computation. After the invention of digital computers, scholars continue to investigate how computers themselves impact capitalism, through their ability to add even more computational power to the economy. In his Humanities Forum, Fidler will consider the dynamic between capitalism and computation, ultimately revealing a different relationship than previously considered.
About Bradley Fidler
Bradley Fidler is a consulting historian of computing, specializing in the architectural evolution and political impact of computer networks and cybersecurity.
He works as an assistant professor at the Stevens Institute of Technology,and currently has projects underway for Google, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute (USC/ISI), the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), and Keio University. He's also writing a book under contract with The MIT Press.
His current research projects include: the expansion of the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), the institutional basis of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), new metrics frameworks for enterprise network security, the place of Internet standards bodies in US national security, and the evolution of the and axiomatic principles that underly Internet architecture.