Journalist Andrew Blum explains what and where the Internet is physically. His book Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet tells the story of the Internet’s physical infrastructure and chronicles the its development, explains how it works, and takes an in-depth look inside its hidden monuments.
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Andrew Blum is a correspondent at Wired and a contributing editor at Metropolis, whose writing about architecture, design, technology, urbanism, art, and travel has appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times, The New Yorker, Slate, and Popular Science. Blum studied English and architecture history at Amherst College, and received his M.A. in human geography from the University of Toronto. From tiny fiber optic cables buried beneath Manhattan’s busy streets to the 10,000-mile-long undersea cable connecting Europe and West Africa, Blum chronicles the intriguing development of the internet in his new book, Tubes.
Speaker(s): Andrew Blum
Chair: Dr Ellen Helsper
Recorded on 3 July 2012 in Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House.
The internet is not some abstract "cloud" of connectivity - it exists in tubes - on the ground and under the sea. Andrew Blum explains how the internet exists in the real world and makes the case for why we all need to understand this.
This event celebrates the publication of Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet.
Andrew Blum is a correspondent at Wired (U.S.) magazine whose work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times.
The physical reality of our digital world - Future Tense - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
We often think of our digital world as something that’s not about physical stuff, but about things that happen out there in the air, in space. We speak of cyber space and cloud-computing. But how much of our digital infrastructure is grounded in physical reality? And what are some of the future implications of the growing push to move more of our data into cloud based technology?
Andrew Blum, Correspondent for Wired and Contributing Editor to Metropolis. Author of ‘Tubes: Behind The Scenes At The Internet’.
Dr danah boyd, Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture and Communication at New York University.
Ted Striphas, Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at Indiana University’s Department of Communication and Culture.
John Naughton, Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at the Open University in the UK and columnist for The Observer Newspaper.
Gary Cook, Senior Policy Analyst, Cool IT Campaign, Greenpeace International.
Rich Wolski, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of Eucalyptus Systems Inc. And Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Title: Tubes: Behind The Scenes At The Internet
Author: Andrew Blum
Publisher: Viking (Penguin Australia)
Andrew Blum’s website (http://andrewblum.net/)
Rich Wolski’s webpage (http://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~rich/)
Ted Striphas website (http://www.indiana.edu/~cmcl/faculty/striphas.shtml)
GreenPeace Cool IT Challenge (http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/campaigns/climate-change/cool-it/)
danah boyd’s website (http://www.danah.org/)
John Naughton’s Guardian Profile (http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/johnnaughton)