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A Prehistory of the Cloud

Author
Tung-hui Hu
Publisher / Label
The Mit Press
Country
USA
Language
English
Publication year
2015
Type of publication
Book
Number of pages
240
ISBN
9780262029513

Index

CONTENTS

Acknowledgments vii 
Introduction ix

1 The Shape of the Network 1 
The Graft 1
"Strange and Unusual Fits/' 1961 11 
Truckstop Networks (Portola Valley, California) 24

2 Time-Sharing and Virtualization 37
Intimacies of the User: From the Stolen Look to Stolen Time 37
"The Victorians Built Magnificent Drains": Waste, Privacy, and the Cloud 52
Cloud Cartography 66
Interlude: Learning from Santa Clara 73

3 Data Centers and Data Bunkers 79
"The Internet Must Be Defended!" 79
Bunker Archaeology 96
The Melancholy of New Media 104

4 Seeing the Cloud of Data 111 
War as Big Data 111
"The Other Night Sky": Seeing and Counterseeing 126 
Necropolitics 135

Conclusion 145
Notes 149 
Bibliography 177 
Index 195