Prof. Russell on Closing Plenary Panel at SIGCIS Meeting
Prof. Andrew Russell of the College of Arts & Letters was an invited speaker on the closing plenary panel for the 2011 SIGCIS workshop on the subject of "Cultures and Communities in the History of Computing." SIGCIS is an interest group for Computers, Information, and Society that meets in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). The panel was chaired by Tom Misa, Director of the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota, and also featured Alex Bochannek of the Computer History Museum; Eden Medina of Indiana University; Nathan Ensmenger of the University of Texas; and Jeff Yost of the Charles Babbage Institute.
The previous day, Russell presented a paper titled "An Interdisciplinary History of Open Systems" at a the SHOT annual meeting, as part of a panel on "Negotiating the Limits of Control." In his paper, Russell analyzed the economic, political, and cultural meanings of "openness" that have informed the construction of technological systems since the mid-20th century.
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