Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Announcing Information & Culture Special Issue

Our journals department is proud to announce the Information & Culture Special Issue: The Histories of the Internet.

The current issue of Information & Culture—50(2), available in spring 2015—focuses on the topic “Histories of the Internet.” Guest editors Thomas Haigh, Andrew L. Russell, and William H. Dutton explain the purpose of this special issue:

We explore the gap between broad conceptions of the Internet common in daily life and the rather narrow framing of most existing work on Internet history. Looking at both scholarly histories and popular myths, we suggest that the expanding scope of the Internet has created a demand for different kinds of history that capture the development of the many technological and social practices that converged to create today’s Internet-based online world. Finally, we summarize the articles in this special issue that collectively demonstrate that there is more than one history of the Internet.

The six articles in this special issue answer the question: What is the history of the Internet the history of? Topics include popular histories of the Internet’s pioneers, social perceptions of the Internet, networked computing in education, the genesis and development of networks, and the free and open source software movement. One study concerns the case of a small town’s early adoption of computer networking and its ill-fated municipal fiber project. The authors are known area specialists, including Merav Katz-Kimchi, Christian Oggolder, Joy Rankin, ValĂ©rie Schafer, Nadine I. Kozak, and Kevin Driscoll.

Individuals can order the single issue 50(2) at a cost of US$22 within the United States, US$35 in Canada, and US$40 international. Annual subscription for Volume 50 (2015) includes four issues. For information on ordering, see: utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/journals/information-culture

Information & Culture publishes historical studies of topics that fall under information studies as it is practiced by the interdisciplinary information schools. The journal is edited at the School of Information at UT Austin. For more information about Information & Culture, see: infoculturejournal.org/

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