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)

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Rich Wolski’s webpage (
Ted Striphas website (
GreenPeace Cool IT Challenge (
danah boyd’s website (
John Naughton’s Guardian Profile (