The Politics of Networking a Nation

  • Eden Medina Indiana University Bloomington

Abstract

Comparative network histories illustrate how politics shape the design of technological systems. This essay compares efforts to build national computer networks in the Soviet Union and Chile. It argues that networks in practice cannot be categorized neatly as distributed, centralized, or de-centralized, nor is there any correlation between freedom and distributed or de-centralized network architectures. The essay uses this observation to suggest that the distributed network configuration of today’s Internet does not automatically increment freedom of information or flatten the ways in which governments and enterprises exert their power and influence.

Published
2018-06-07
How to Cite
MEDINA, Eden. The Politics of Networking a Nation. Diseña, [S.l.], n. 11, p. 46-60, june 2018. ISSN 2452-4298. Available at: <http://www.revistadisena.uc.cl/index.php/Disena/article/view/73>. Date accessed: 13 aug. 2020. doi: https://doi.org/10.7764/disena.11.46-60.
Section
Original articles