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

Author: Benjamin Peters
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2016] ©2016
Series: Information policy series.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between 1959 and 1989, Soviet scientists and officials made numerous attempts to network their nation -- to construct a nationwide computer network. None of these attempts succeeded, and the enterprise had been abandoned by the time the Soviet Union fell apart. Meanwhile, ARPANET, the American precursor to the Internet, went online in 1969. Why did the Soviet network, with top-level scientists and patriotic  Read more...
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History
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Peters, Benjamin, 1980-
How not to network a nation.
Cambridge, Massachusetts : MIT Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2015038371
(OCoLC)927438758
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin Peters
ISBN: 9780262334198 0262334194 9780262334181 0262334186 9780262334174 0262334178
OCLC Number: 951625602
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: 1 online resource (xiii, 298 pages) : illustrations, maps.
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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