Benjamin Peters
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Benjamin Peters

Benjamin Peters (b. 1980) is an author raised near the cornfields of Iowa and educated on both coasts (earning his masters at Stanford and doctorate at Columbia). He now teaches at the University of Tulsa (in Oklahoma) and serves as an affiliated faculty at the Information Society Project at Yale Law School (in Connecticut). When he is not traveling, writing or speaking publicly, or otherwise geeking out, he can be found happily at home (wherever that is) with his spouse and four children. His research examines the long evolution of media and technology from the big bang to big data. His work is organized around three basic coordinates of space (comparing media systems), time (new media history), and power (technology criticism). For example, his first book, How Not to Network a Nation: The Uneasy History of the Soviet Internet (MIT Press, 2016), turns upsidedown the role of computer networks in the cold war technology race; his second solo-authored book, which is in the works, tells the secret history of the Soviet AI; his third book, an edited volume in the spirit of Raymond Williams, Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Society and Culture (Princeton University Press, 2016), examines the relationship of power and language in the age of search; his fourth book, a coedited volume Your Computer is on Fire (MIT Press, 2021), delivers seventeen keynote criticisms of modern-day technology, starting with, you guessed it, Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @bjpeters Or see more of his work at benjaminpeters.org
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