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A cultural history of the shipping container as a crucible of globalization and a cultural paradigm.
An investigation into standards, the invisible infrastructures of our technical, moral, social, and physical worlds.
The role that "system" has played in the shaping and reshaping of modern knowledge, from Galileo and Newton to our own "computational universe."
The science behind global warming, and its history: how scientists learned to understand the atmosphere, to measure it, to trace its past, and to model its future.
The relationship between infrastructure governance and the ways we read and represent waste systems, examined through three waste tracking and participatory sensing projects.
What spam is, how it works, and how it has shaped online communities and the Internet itself.
Episodes in the history of data, from early modern math problems to today's inescapable "dataveillance," that demonstrate the dependence of data on culture.
Stories about objects left in the wake of transactions, from cryptocurrencies to leaf-imprinted banknotes to records kept with knotted string.
A new approach in commons theory to understand the interactions of technology, society, and nature, supported by case studies of new transnational European commons.
Explorations of design, use, and reuse of information technology in diverse historical and cultural contexts.
A historical and ethnographic study of the conflict between global transportation and rural development as the two intersect at the Panama Canal.
The multifaceted work of the late Susan Leigh Star is explored through a selection of her writings and essays by friends and colleagues.
The emergence of the international oil corporation as a political actor in the twentieth century, seen in BP's infrastructure and information arrangements in Iran.
An examination of emerging information infrastructures that are intended to increase accountability and effectiveness in partnerships for development aid.
Lessons from the massive Chernobyl nuclear accident about how we deal with modern hazards that are largely imperceptible.
How free-market fundamentalists have shifted the focus of higher education to competition, metrics, consumer demand, and return on investment, and why we should change this.
Tools for navigating today's hyper-connected, rapidly changing, and radically contingent white water world.