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  • Standards
    Standards (English, Paperback) Lawrence Busch

    This book investigates standards as the recipes that shape not only the physical world, but human social interactions. The author outlines the history of formal standards and describes how modern science came to be associated with the moral-technical project of standardization of both people and things. The author also empowering some but disempowering others.

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  • "Raw Data" Is an Oxymoron
    "Raw Data" Is an Oxymoron (English, Paperback) Lisa Gitelman

    We live in the era of Big Data, with storage and transmission capacity measured not just in terabytes but in petabytes (wherepeta- denotes a quadrillion, or a thousand trillion). Data collection is constant and even insidious, with every click and every "like" stored somewhere for something. This book reminds us that data is anything but "raw," that we shouldn't think of data as a natural resource...

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  • Paid
    Paid (English, Hardback) Bill Maurer

    Museums are full of the coins, notes, beads, shells, stones, and other objects people have exchanged for millennia. But what about the debris, the things that allow a transaction to take place and are left its wake? How would a museum go about curating our scrawls on electronic keypads, the receipts wadded in our wallets, that vast information infrastructure that runs the card networks? This book...

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  • Boundary Objects and Beyond
    Boundary Objects and Beyond (English, Paperback) Geoffrey C. Bowker

    Susan Leigh Star (1954--2010) was one of the most influential science studies scholars of the last several decades. In her work, Star highlighted the messy practices of discovering science, asking hard questions about the marginalizing as well as the liberating powers of science and technology. In the landmark work Sorting Things Out, Star and Geoffrey Bowker revealed the social and ethical...

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  • Knowledge for Sale
    Knowledge for Sale (English, Hardback) Lawrence Busch

    A new philosophy of higher education has taken hold in institutions around the world. Its supporters disavow the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake and argue that the only knowledge worth pursuing is that with more or less immediate market value. Every other kind of learning is downgraded, its budget cut. In Knowledge for Sale, Lawrence Busch challenges this market-driven approach....

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  • Spam
    Spam (English, Hardback) Finn Brunton

    The vast majority of all email sent every day is spam, a variety of idiosyncratically spelled requests to provide account information, invitations to spend money on dubious products, and pleas to send cash overseas. Most of it is caught by filters before ever reaching an in-box. Where does it come from? As Finn Brunton explains in Spam, it is produced and shaped by many different populations...

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  • The Container Principle
    The Container Principle (English, Hardback) Alexander Klose

    Translation of: Das Container-Prinzip: wie eine Box unser Denken ver'andert. Published: Hamburg: Mare Verlag, 2009.

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  • Spam
    Spam (English, Paperback) Finn Brunton

    The vast majority of all email sent every day is spam, a variety of idiosyncratically spelled requests to provide account information, invitations to spend money on dubious products, and pleas to send cash overseas. Most of it is caught by filters before ever reaching an in-box. Where does it come from? As Finn Brunton explains in Spam, it is produced and shaped by many different populations...

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  • Subversion, Conversion, Development
    Subversion, Conversion, Development (English, Paperback) James Leach

    This book explores alternative cultural encounters with and around information technologies. These encounters are alternative because they counter dominant, Western-oriented notions of media consumption; they include media practices as forms of cultural resistance and subversion, "DIY cultures," and other nonmainstream models of technology production. The contributors -- leading thinkers in...

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  • A Vast Machine
    A Vast Machine (English, Paperback) Paul N. Edwards

    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.

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  • Monitoring Movements in Development Aid
    Monitoring Movements in Development Aid (English, Hardback) Casper Bruun Jensen, Brit Ross Winthereik

    In Monitoring Movements in Development Aid, Casper Jensen and Brit Winthereik consider the processes, social practices, and infrastructures that are emerging to monitor development aid, discussing both empirical phenomena and their methodological and analytical challenges. Jensen and Winthereik focus on efforts by aid organizations to make better use of information technology; they analyze a range...

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  • Cosmopolitan Commons
    Cosmopolitan Commons (English, Paperback) Nil Disco

    With the advent of modernity, the sharing of resources and infrastructures rapidly expanded beyond local communities into regional, national, and even transnational space -- nowhere as visibly as in Europe, with its small-scale political divisions. This volume views these shared resource spaces as the seedbeds of a new generation of technology-rich bureaucratic and transnational commons. Drawing...

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  • System
    System (English, Paperback) Clifford Siskin

    The role that "system" has played in the shaping and reshaping of modern knowledge, from Galileo and Newton to our own "computational universe."...

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  • Paid (English, Paperback) Bill Maurer

    Museums are full of the coins, notes, beads, shells, stones, and other objects people have exchanged for millennia. But what about the debris, the things that allow a transaction to take place and are left its wake? How would a museum go about curating our scrawls on electronic keypads, the receipts wadded in our wallets, that vast information infrastructure that runs the card networks? This book...

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  • Machineries of Oil (English, Hardback) Katayoun Shafiee

    In the early twentieth century, international oil corporations emerged as a new kind of political actor. The development of the world oil industry, argues Katayoun Shafiee, was one of the era's largest political projects of techno-economic development. In this book, Shafiee maps the machinery of oil operations in the Anglo-Iranian oil industry between 1901 and 1954, tracking the organizational...

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  • System
    System (English, Hardback) Clifford Siskin

    A system can describe what we see (the solar system), operate a computer (Windows 10), or be made on a page (the fourteen engineered lines of a sonnet). In this book, Clifford Siskin shows that system is best understood as a genre -- a form that works physically in the world to mediate our efforts to understand it. Indeed, many Enlightenment authors published works they called "system" to compete...

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  • Boundary Objects and Beyond
    Boundary Objects and Beyond (English, Hardback) Geoffrey C. Bowker

    Susan Leigh Star (1954--2010) was one of the most influential science studies scholars of the last several decades. In her work, Star highlighted the messy practices of discovering science, asking hard questions about the marginalizing as well as the liberating powers of science and technology. In the landmark work Sorting Things Out, Star and Geoffrey Bowker revealed the social and ethical...

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  • Assembling Policy
    Assembling Policy (English, Hardback) Sebastian Ureta

    Policymakers are regularly confronted by complaints that ordinary people are left out of the planning and managing of complex infrastructure projects. In this book, Sebastián Ureta argues that humans, both individually and collectively, are always at the heart of infrastructure policy; the issue is how they are brought into it. Ureta develops his argument through the case of Transantiago, a...

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  • Knowledge Machines
    Knowledge Machines (English, Hardback) Eric T. Meyer, Ralph Schroeder

    In Knowledge Machines, Eric Meyer and Ralph Schroeder argue that digital technologies have fundamentally changed research practices in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. Meyer and Schroeder show that digital tools and data, used collectively and in distributed mode -- which they term e-research -- have transformed not just the consumption of knowledge but also the production of...

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  • Beyond the Big Ditch
    Beyond the Big Ditch (English, Hardback) Ashley Carse

    In this innovative book, Ashley Carse traces the water that flows into and out from the Panama Canal to explain how global shipping is entangled with Panama's cultural and physical landscapes. By following container ships as they travel downstream along maritime routes and tracing rivers upstream across the populated watershed that feeds the canal, he explores the politics of environmental...

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