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A Prehistory of the Cloud

Tung-Hui Hu


This book tells two closely-related stories: first, how the digital cloud grew out of much older networks, such as television, the railroad, and the sewer system; and second, how the cloud grafts digital technologies onto older ways of exerting power over a population (such as state violence and torture). With the latest revelations about National Security Agency surveillance, readers are increasingly aware that the cloud represents politically contested terrain. While typical responses to this debate invoke technological and legal solutions, such as do-not-track software or a new law, this bo ... More

Keywords: cloud, digital media, security, power, participation, infrastructure, sovereignty, control, network, American culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780262029513
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262029513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tung-Hui Hu, author
University of Michigan

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