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How not to network a nation : the uneasy history of the Soviet internet

Author: Benjamin Peters
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, [2015, 2016] ©2016
Series: Information policy series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"After examining the midcentury rise of cybernetics, the science of self-governing systems, and the emergence in the Soviet Union of economic cybernetics, Peters complicates this uneasy role reversal while chronicling the various Soviet attempts to build a 'unified information network.' Drawing on previously unknown archival and historical materials, he focuses on the final, and most ambitious of these projects, the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Peters
ISBN: 9780262034180 0262034182
OCLC Number: 927438758
Awards: Winner of Honorable Mention, 2017 PROSE Awards, History of Science, Medicine and Technology category 2017
Winner of Winner, 2017 Wayne S. Vucinich Prize, sponsored by the Associaton for Slavic, East European & Eurasian Studies 2017
Description: xiii, 298 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: A global history of cybernetics --
Economic cybernetics and its limits --
From network to patchwork : three pioneering network projects that didn't, 1959 to 1962 --
Staging the OGAS, 1962 to 1969 --
The undoing of the OGAS, 1970 to 1989 --
Appendix A. Basic structure of the Soviet government --
Appendix B. Annotated list of Slavic names --
Appendix C. Network and other project acronyms.
Series Title: Information policy series.
Responsibility: Benjamin Peters.

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How, despite thirty years of effort, Soviet attempts to build a national computer network were undone by socialists who seemed to behave like capitalists.  Read more...

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