A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses, Second Edition
At a time when our networks arguably feel more insecure than ever, the book provides an overview of how our fears about networks are part of a more complex story of the development of digital culture. It writes a media archaeology of computer and network accidents that are endemic to the computational media ecology. Viruses, worms, and other software objects are not seen merely from the perspective of anti-virus research or practical security concerns, but as cultural and historical expressions that traverse a non-linear field from fiction to technical media, from net art to politics of software.
Mapping the anomalies of network culture from the angles of security concerns, the biopolitics of computer systems, and the aspirations for artificial life in software, this second edition also pays attention to the emergence of recent issues of cybersecurity and new forms of digital insecurity. A new preface by Sean Cubitt is also provided.
Appendix: A Timeline of Computer Viruses and the Viral Assemblage
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A Timeline of Computer Viruses and the Viral Assemblage
This timeline is intended as a heuristic tool-for-thought that places various events and contexts together in order. It is not an exhaustive archive of all the important dates, but it does give an overview of the development of viruses and related phenomena. The information has been gathered from a number of sources mentioned in the Bibliography. The estimated numbers of PC viruses are from F-Secure statistics.
For a more detailed list of virus and worm incidents, see the Wikipedia-page at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_computer_viruses_and_worms.
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