This Article 
   
 Share 
   
 Bibliographic References 
   
 Add to: 
 
Digg
Furl
Spurl
Blink
Simpy
Google
Del.icio.us
Y!MyWeb
 
 Search 
   
Revolution and Resistance: Rethinking Power in Computing History
January-March 2008 (vol. 30 no. 1)
pp. 96, c3
Rebecca Slayton, Stanford University
If one theme dominates memory and imagination about computing, it is "revolution." But the term describes the relationship between transformations in computing and political power in diverse and even contradictory ways. Concepts from the study of social movements can help explain changes in and around computing, clarifying contradictions.

1. "L. Winner, Mythinformation," Chapter 6 in The Whale and the Reactor: A Search for Limits in an Age of High Technology, Univ. of Chicago Press, 1986.
2. P. Naur and B. Randell, "Software Engineering: Report on a Conference Sponsored by the NATO Science Committee," Scientific Affairs Division, NATO, 1969, p. 121, http://homepages.cs.ncl.ac.uk/brian.randell/ NATOnato1968.PDF.
3. F. Turner, From Counterculture to Cyberculture, Univ. of Chicago Press, 2006.
4. "Files of Daniel D. McCracken, on loan to the author."
5. "ACM Public Policy Committee to Senate Committee on Armed Services,"23 Jan. 2003, http://usacm.acm.org/usacm/Letterstia_final.html .
6. "'Data Mining' Is NOT Against Civil Liberties;," http://www.sigkdd.orgcivil-liberties.pdf .
7. J. Abbate, "Proto-feminism and Programming: Gender Politics in Computing Before the Civil Rights Era paper presented at the Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, 2007, Washington, D.C."
8. N.J. Ensmenger, "Letting the 'Computer Boys' Take Over: Technology and the Politics of Organizational Transformation," Int'l Rev. Social History, vol. 48, 2003, pp. 153-180.

Index Terms:
activism, professional responsibility, public policy, risks, software
Citation:
Rebecca Slayton, "Revolution and Resistance: Rethinking Power in Computing History," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 96, c3, Jan.-March 2008, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2008.13
Usage of this product signifies your acceptance of the Terms of Use.