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Technology in the Political Landscape
April-June 2010 (vol. 32 no. 2)
pp. 87-88
Christopher McDonald, Princeton University

Politics can shape technology not only directly, but also via institutions and regulations that are the product of political choices. The different histories of videotex in France and the US provide such an example. The French state telephone company, a unified actor with little outside oversight, was willing and able to build a national videotex system, known as Minitel. In the US, however, traditions of private telecommunications ownership and suspicion of monopoly power made such an outcome highly unlikely.

Index Terms:
History of computing, history of telecommunications, politics
Citation:
Christopher McDonald, "Technology in the Political Landscape," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 32, no. 2, pp. 87-88, April-June 2010, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2010.42
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