Professor Andrew Russell (Assistant Professor, History, and Director of the Program in Science & Technology Studies) has been chosen as a Guest Co-Editor for a special issue of Information & Culture: A Journal of History entitled "Histories of the Internet". Prof. Russell will serve as Guest Editor alongside William H. Dutton, Professor of Internet Studies, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford and Professorial Fellow, Balliol College and Thomas Haigh, Associate Professor of Information Studies, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.
According to its site, Information & Culture publishes high-quality, peer reviewed articles on the history of information. The journal honors its (45+ year) heritage by continuing to publish in the areas of library, archival, museum, conservation, and information science history. Social and cultural context of information and information technology, viewed from a historical perspective, is at the heart of the journal's interests.
The special issue will focus on the increasing importance of the Internet, Web and related information and communication technologies, including the rise of social media networks. Prof. Russell has published numerous articles and book chapters on the history of computers and telecommunications. His research focuses on topics including the American system of voluntary standards, standardization in the Bell System, Internet-OSI standards war and digital cellular networks in the United States and Europe.
The special issue will be published in February-March, 2015.