Past News



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Just Code Awarded Sloan Grant

Posted June, 2020

With the global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, CBI’s Symposium: “Just Code Power, Inequality and the Global Political Economy of IT,” has been rescheduled for Friday and Saturday, October 23 and 24, 2020. Read more.



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Plasek Awarded Tomash Fellowship

Posted June, 2020

Columbia University History Department ABD Aaron Plasek is the 2020-2021 Adelle and Erwin Tomash Fellow at CBI. Read more.





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Schlombs and Coon are 2020 Norberg Travel Grant Recipients

Posted June, 2020

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 awardees of CBI Norberg Travel Grants are Asso. Prof. of History, Corinna Schlombs and Columbia University graduate student Ella Coon. Read more.



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Launching Interfaces eJournal

Posted May, 2020

CBI just launched a new electronic journal entitled Interfaces: Essays and Reviews in Computing and Culture. Jeffrey Yost and Amanda Wick are the co-editors. Read more.



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From the Director's Desk

Posted April, 2020

As of April 2020, our new name (or rather revised full name) is the Charles Babbage Institute for Computing, Information, and Culture. “What is in a name?” Why the change? Read more.



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Solid State: Minnesota's High-Tech History

Posted October, 2019 

In the fall of 2019, HSTM and CBI historians collaborated on the Twin Cities Public Television documentary, "Solid State: Minnesota's High-Tech History". The documentary discusses Minnesota's role in the second half of the 20th century as the global epicenter of computing and as birthplace of the supercomputer, as well as being home to Univac, Control Data, IBM Rochester, and Honeywell. Along with CBI Emeritus faculty Tom Misa being featured, CBI historian Jeffrey Yost and HSTM doctoral student Elizabeth Semler worked as lead historian and researcher and production manager, respectively. The documentary will air on October 13, 2019.



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Announcing CBI's Symposium “Just Code: Power, Inequality, and the Global Political Economy of IT”

Posted July 3, 2019

Just Code is a one-and-a-half-day CBI symposium/workshop (May 8th and 9th, 2020) on how code—construed broadly, from software routines to bodies of law and policy—structures and reinforces power relations. It will explore the ways that individuals and institutions use software, algorithms, and computerized systems to establish, legitimize, and reinforce widespread social, material, commercial, and cultural inequalities and power imbalances.

CBI Newsletter

Prior to the unveiling of Bits & Bytes in Spring of 2020, news from the Institute was available in the form of the CBI Newsletter which came out (more or less) twice a year. Provided below are the last 10 years worth of our past newsletters. If you are interested in news and information before 2010, contact the Institute.

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