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.
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.
This week on Tech Weekly with Aleks Krotoski and Guardian technology editor Charles Arthur discuss profit warnings and dark clouds above the makers of Blackberry phones RIM (Research In Motion) and the announcement of a write down on the value of Microsoft’s online advertising service aQuantive. Also Aleks talks to the author Andrew Blum about his new book Tubes: Behind the Scenes at the Internet which sets out to explain what the internet is made of and why it’s important for us to think about how we purchase access to the web.
Good interview with Andrew Blum on his new book, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, about the physical structure of the Internet.
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)
Andrew Miller discusses his Costa prize winning novel Pure with James Naughtie. Set in pre-revolutionary Paris, the book is a gripping, earthy story about the clearing of a huge cemetery in the area now known as Les Halles.
Technology writer Claire Evans talks about her new book “Broad Band: The Untold Story of Women Who Made the Internet.”
Mariella Frostrup speaks to Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer about her collected short fiction; author Tom Holland discusses the legacy of I, Claudius; writers Ian McMillan, Tessa Hadley and Andrew Martin explain the enduring allure of railways in fiction.
This week on Tech Weekly with Aleks Krotoski we dedicate the show to a feature interview with author Andrew Keen on the publication of his latest book The Internet Is Not The Answer. http://www.theguardian.com/technology/audio/2015/feb/04/internet-andrew-keen-tech-weekly-podcast
Just over 30 years ago, an Englishman named Christopher Alexander tried to revolutionize architecture. In A Pattern Language, Alexander told architects and planners to design homes on emotional and spiritual principles – not on traffic flow. The revolution didn’t quite come. But the book had a surprising influence on another group of experts: the computer scientists who were just beginning to shape the Internet. Produced by Lu Olkowski. (Originally aired: August 15, 2008)