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.
Section I: Fear Secured: From Bugs to Worms
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From Bugs to Worms
Society is becoming increasingly dependent on the accurate and timely distribution of information. As this dependency increases we become more vulnerable on the technology used to process and distribute information (…) This is particularly true for what are sometimes called infrastructural industries—banking, the telephone system, power generation and distribution, airline scheduling and maintenance, and securities and commodities exchanges. Such industries rely on computers and build much security into their systems so that they are reliable and dependable.1
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