Benjamin Peters

Assistant Professor of Communication, The University of Tulsa

Benjamin Peters is an author and media scholar on the faculty at the University of Tulsa and affiliated with the Information Society Project at Yale Law School. His latest book is How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet (MIT, 2016). Educated on both coasts and oriented abroad, he lives in Tulsa.

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The Soviet InterNyet

Benjamin Peters

Hey folks, the author of the piece here. Just saw the piece go up and thought I’d include a quick provocation here. It’s not just that technology embeds social values, it’s that they can and will do so variously and differently over time. So instead of seeing computer networks as the onramp to electronic communism in the Soviet era (the book behind this article), and instead of seeing the internet today as the fast track to global networked capitalism (the conclusion to this article), I see networks techniques of all kinds (institutional, computer, etc.) as the historical means by which the social possibilities of the future will be shaped, but without determining one particular future. (...

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Changing faces

Benjamin Peters

Congrats to the author: what an exceptionally fascinating article! Bioethics often strike at the most interesting of areas, but the question of face transplants really does a number on where one thinks about the seat of the soul, or at least identity. Eager to read the book behind this article!

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