Computer Networks Histories Local, national and transnational perspectives

14.12.2017 to 15.12.2017

The Institute of Media and Journalism, the China Media Observatory at the Università della Svizzera italiana, the association History and Computing and are thrilled to invite you to the International Conference Computer Networks Histories: Local, National and Transnational Perspectives to be held in Lugano, Switzerland on 14th -15th December 2017.

14th December 2017 USI - Univeristà della Svizzera italiana Room TBD

8:00 / 9:00 Registration / Introduction speech

9:00 / 10:00 Keynote Speaker - Hu Yong, University of Beijing

10:30 / 12:00 Panel 1 / Focus on China - Chair: Hu Yong, University of Bejing
Allan Bahroun, Polytechnic University of Hong Kong
Net(working) Across Languages: Configuration of Early Computer Systems in China
Bo An, Yale University
Infrastructure, Amateurism, and Radical Networking: FidoNet in China (1995-1998)
Clément Renaud, École Polytechnique de Lausanne
Grégory Bahde, Université Jean Monnet St Etienne
From Davos to Beijing : the historical trajectory of the concept of sovereignty in Internet territories

12:00 / 13:00 Lunch

13:00 / 14:30 Panel 2 / The 1980s’ legacy - Chair: Enrico Natale,
Camille Paloque-Berges, CNAM - Conservatoire national des arts et métiers
Gerard Alberts, University of Amsterdam
Beyond the protocol wars: 1980s user cultures in Dutch inter-net nodes
Schafer Valérie, ISCC – Institut des Sciences de la Communication
Benjamin Thierry, Université Paris Sorbonne
The Internet and the Web as a “Super Minitel”
Kevin Driscoll, University of Virginia
Thou Shalt Love Thy BBS: A Framework for the Moderation of Online Communities

15:00 / 16:30 Panel 3 / European Histories - Chair: Antonio Carzaniga, USI
Mato Brautovic, University of Dubrovnik
Origins and development of Internet in Croatia: times of transition from communism to democracy and war for independence
Félix Tréguer, ISCC - Institut des Sciences de la Communication
Dominique Trudel, Université Du Quebec
From Internet Access Provider to Political Advocacy: The History of the French Data Network
Luciano Lenzini, Fabio Gadducci, Giuseppe Lettieri, University of Pisa
On the Italian pioneering network projects: issues and challenges

15th December 2017 – USI - Università della Svizzera italiana Room TBD

9:00 / 10:00
Keynote Speaker - Benjamin Peters, University of Tulsa
The Network and the Historian: Opportunities, Challenges, Surprises, Disobedience

10:30 / 12:00 Panel 4 / Infrastructures histories – Chair: Simone Natale, Loughborough U.
Christian Henrich-Franke, University of Siegen
Computer networks on copper cables
Paolo Magaudda, University of Padova
The rising of Tor and the history of a network “in the dark”
Sebastian Gieβmann, University of Siegen
Networking with/out computing? Remarks on the longue durée of networking practices

12:00 / 13:00 Lunch

13:00/14:30 Panel 5 / A taste of BRICS’ histories - Chair: Benjamin Peters, University of Tulsa
Sophie Toupin, McGill University
Hacking Apartheid
Marcelo Savio de Carvalho, IBM Brazil
Henrique Luiz Kukierman, Federal University of Rio
The Dawn of the Internet in Brazil
Manushi, Indian Institute of Mass Communication
Towards Digital India: Internet in India

15:00 / 16:30 Panel 6 / Networking Memories - Chair: Marco Colombetti, USI
Raúl Carnota, FCEN Argentina
Lucas de Almeida Pereira, UNESP Brazil
SHIALC: History and memory of computer science in Latin America
Guido Koller, Swiss Federal Archives
Of men and register. The foreigner’s central register in Switzerland – An early digital federal administrative network
Benedetta Campanile, University of Bari
Robert Fano, an italian computer scientist from Project Mac to Internet

Event organizer: 
Verein Geschichte und Informatik, IMeG Institute of Media and Journalism, Università della Svizzera italiana,
Gianluigi Negro
Università della Svizzera Italiana
Via Buffi 13
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