CBI Spotlight

CBI is Thrilled to Announce the New Tomash Fellow and Norberg Grantees 


Tomash Fellow, 2022-2023

Sam Schirvar, ABD, History and Sociology of Science, University of Pennsylvania. "Manufacturing Self-Determination: Cold War Electronics in Tribal Development, Black Empowerment, and Prison Industry.”


2022 Norberg Grantees 

Dr. David E. Dunning, Postdoctoral Research Associate, History of Mathematics research group, Mathematical
Institute; affiliate, Oxford Centre for the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology.

Hanan Kataw, ABD, History and Theory of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University.

CBI Awarded Major NSF Privacy and Security grant

CBI Director Jeffrey Yost (PI) and UC, Davis' Gerardo Con Diaz (Co-PI) have just been awarded a multi-year $300,000 NSF grant "Mining a Useable Past: Perspectives, Paradoxes, and Possibilities with Security and Privacy."  The project will examine how the rapid evolution of digital and mobile technologies is simultaneously eroding personal privacy and creating a permanent need for increasingly secure systems.  It will explore major underlying shifts in the social, economic, and technical relationships between security and privacy that have been unfolding for four decades.  They will conduct, edit, and publish oral histories with privacy and security pioneers’ available online, published, and permanently archived at the Charles Babbage Institute for Computing, Information, & Culture (CBI). Yost and Con Diaz will also research and write an accessible interdisciplinary textbook on the history and social, cultural, and policy study of privacy and security.

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New Book Series at Johns Hopkins University Press Studies in Computing and Culture

The Charles Babbage Institute is excited to announce a new book series at Johns Hopkins University Press in which CBI Director Jeffrey Yost and past Tomash Fellow Gerardo Con Diaz, UC Davis, will serve as the series editors. 

Studies in Computing and Culture will publish works on the relationships among digital technology, political economies, and sociocultural systems. We seek interdisciplinary scholarship that speaks to how computing, information, and data cultures change over time and how our digital present and future relate to the long arc of social, political, cultural, economic, legal, or environmental change. We welcome all chronologies and geographies.

The series will help students, scholars, and the public gain historical and contemporary perspectives to understand how and why digital technology continues to transform every aspect of our daily lives.

Series Editors:

Jeffrey R. Yost, CBI Director and Research Professor of History of Science and Technology, University of Minnesota

Gerardo Con Diaz, Associate Professor of Science and Technology Studies, University of California, Davis

Series Editorial Board:

Héctor Beltrán, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ruha Benjamin, Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University

Lilly Irani, Associate Professor of Communication, Science Studies, Computer Science, and Critical Gender Studies, University of California, San Diego

Meg Leta Jones, Associate Professor of Communication, Technology, and Culture, Georgetown University

Ya-Wen Lei, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

Eden Medina, Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


 CBI mourns the passing of founding director, Arthur Norberg

Norberg in CBI offices

The Charles Babbage Institute is very sad to announce that CBI's Founding Director Arthur Norberg passed away late last week. In two tenures as CBI Director, Arthur led CBI on its highly impactful course, building knowledge, understanding, and resources (archives, books, oral histories, publications, etc.) on IT history. He is deeply missed. CBI will do a major biographical article on Arthur in the next Bits & Bytes (CBI's e-newsletter).

Jeffrey R. Yost, CBI Director and HSTM Research Prof.