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America IdentifiedBiometric Technology and Society

America Identified: Biometric Technology and Society

Lisa S. Nelson

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262014779
eISBN:
9780262289689
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262014779.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The use of biometric technology for identification has gone from Orwellian fantasy to everyday reality. This technology, which verifies or recognizes a person's identity based on physiological, ... More

Authors, Users, and PiratesCopyright Law and Subjectivity

Authors, Users, and Pirates: Copyright Law and Subjectivity

James Meese

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780262037440
eISBN:
9780262344517
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037440.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

How should we think about authorship, use and piracy in an era of media convergence? How does the growing focus on amateur creativity impact on existing legal and cultural understandings of around ... More

Code/SpaceSoftware and Everyday Life

Code/Space: Software and Everyday Life

Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262042482
eISBN:
9780262295239
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262042482.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

After a little more than half a century since its initial development, computer code is extensively and intimately woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. From the digital alarm clock that wakes ... More

Combinatorial Auctions

Combinatorial Auctions

Peter Cramton, Yoav Shoham, and Richard Steinberg (eds)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262033428
eISBN:
9780262302920
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262033428.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The study of combinatorial auctions—auctions in which bidders can bid on combinations of items or “packages”—draws on the disciplines of economics, operations research, and computer science. This ... More

ControlDigitality as Cultural Logic

Control: Digitality as Cultural Logic

Seb Franklin

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780262029537
eISBN:
9780262331135
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262029537.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This book addresses the conditions of knowledge that make the concept of the “information economy” possible while at the same time obscuring its deleterious effects on material social spaces. In so ... More

Cultivating Science, Harvesting PowerScience and Industrial Agriculture in California

Cultivating Science, Harvesting Power: Science and Industrial Agriculture in California

Christopher R. Henke

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262083737
eISBN:
9780262275286
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262083737.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Just south of San Francisco lies California’s Salinas Valley, the heart of a multi-billion dollar agricultural industry that dominates U. S. vegetable production. How did this sleepy valley become ... More

Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community

Digital Countercultures and the Struggle for Community

Jessa Lingel

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036214
eISBN:
9780262340151
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036214.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Whether by accidental keystroke or deliberate tinkering, technology is often used in ways that are unintended and unimagined by its designers and inventors. In this book, Jessa Lingel offers an ... More

Digitally Enabled Social ChangeActivism in the Internet Age

Digitally Enabled Social Change: Activism in the Internet Age

Jennifer Earl and Katrina Kimport

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015103
eISBN:
9780262295352
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015103.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Attention has been paid to the emergence of “Internet activism,” but scholars and pundits disagree about whether online political activity is different in kind from more traditional forms of ... More

An Engine, Not a CameraHow Financial Models Shape Markets

An Engine, Not a Camera: How Financial Models Shape Markets

Donald Mackenzie

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262134606
eISBN:
9780262278805
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262134606.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This book argues that the emergence of modern economic theories of finance affected financial markets in fundamental ways. These new, Nobel Prize-winning theories, based on elegant mathematical ... More

Entangled GeographiesEmpire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War

Entangled Geographies: Empire and Technopolitics in the Global Cold War

Gabrielle Hecht (ed.)

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262515788
eISBN:
9780262295710
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262515788.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The Cold War was not simply a stand-off between the two superpowers. Its theaters were not just in Washington and in Moscow, but also in the social, economic, political, and cultural arenas of ... More

EntanglementsConversations on the Human Traces of Science, Technology, and Sound

Entanglements: Conversations on the Human Traces of Science, Technology, and Sound

Simone Tosoni and Trevor Pinch

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780262035279
eISBN:
9780262336550
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262035279.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Based on several rounds of academic interview and conversations with Trevor Pinch, the book introduces the reader to the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS), and in particular to the social ... More

Far-Fetched FactsA Parable of Development Aid

Far-Fetched Facts: A Parable of Development Aid

Richard Rottenburg

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262182645
eISBN:
9780262255035
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262182645.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

In 1996, the sub-Saharan African country of Ruritania launched a massive waterworks improvement project, funded by the Normesian Development Bank, headquartered in Urbania, Normland, and with the ... More

Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

Handbook of Mobile Communication Studies

James E. Katz (ed.)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262113120
eISBN:
9780262276818
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262113120.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Mobile communication has become mainstream and even omnipresent. It is arguably the most successful and certainly the most rapidly adopted new technology in the world; more than one in three people ... More

Handling Digital BrainsA Laboratory Study of Multimodal Semiotic Interaction in the Age of Computers

Handling Digital Brains: A Laboratory Study of Multimodal Semiotic Interaction in the Age of Computers

Morana Alač

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015684
eISBN:
9780262295475
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015684.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The results of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scanning require extensive analysis in the laboratory. This book shows that fMRI researchers do not sit passively staring at computer ... More

Ignorance and SurpriseScience, Society, and Ecological Design

Ignorance and Surprise: Science, Society, and Ecological Design

Matthias Gross

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262013482
eISBN:
9780262265911
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262013482.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Ignorance and surprise belong together: Surprises can make people aware of their own ignorance. And yet, perhaps paradoxically, a surprising event in scientific research—one that defies prediction or ... More

Imperial TechnoscienceTransnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India

Imperial Technoscience: Transnational Histories of MRI in the United States, Britain, and India

Amit Prasad

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
September 2014
ISBN:
9780262026956
eISBN:
9780262322065
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026956.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

In the last four decades, during which magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has emerged as a cutting-edge medical technology and a cultural icon, technoscientific imaginaries and practices have undergone ... More

Instrumental CommunityProbe Microscopy and the Path to Nanotechnology

Instrumental Community: Probe Microscopy and the Path to Nanotechnology

Cyrus C. M. Mody

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262134941
eISBN:
9780262298186
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262134941.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The scanning tunnelling microscope (STM) has been hailed as the “key enabling discovery for nanotechnology,” the catalyst for a scientific field that attracts nearly USD 20 billion in funding each ... More

Invisible UsersYouth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana

Invisible Users: Youth in the Internet Cafes of Urban Ghana

Jenna Burrell

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262017367
eISBN:
9780262301459
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262017367.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The urban youth frequenting the Internet cafés of Accra, Ghana, who are decidedly not members of their country's elite, use the Internet largely as a way to orchestrate encounters across distance and ... More

Is the Universe a Hologram?Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions

Is the Universe a Hologram?: Scientists Answer the Most Provocative Questions

Adolfo Plasencia

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780262036016
eISBN:
9780262339308
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262036016.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

The place of discovery and generation of human knowledge has become a somewhat fuzzy area, and it is at the crossroads of equally blurred disciplines where new glimpses of the future occur. This book ... More

Living in a Material WorldEconomic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Living in a Material World: Economic Sociology Meets Science and Technology Studies

Trevor Pinch and Richard Swedberg (eds)

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262162524
eISBN:
9780262281607
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262162524.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Although social scientists generally agree that technology plays a key role in the economy, economics and technology have yet to be brought together into a coherent framework that is both ... More

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