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Digital Contagions

A Media Archaeology of Computer Viruses

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Jussi Parikka

Now in its second edition, Digital Contagions is the first book to offer a comprehensive and critical analysis of the culture and history of the computer virus.
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.

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290 digital contagions Assange 70 Assemblage XXVII–XXXI, XXXIII, XXXVIIn54, 12, 49, 92–93, 98–101, 105, 109–110, 113, 128, 139, 141, 145, 154n54, 167, 169–170, 176, 218, 221, 229, 231–234, 244n163, 247, 254–255 ATARI (computers) 18, 56, 79n136, 260 AT&T Bell Laboratories 11, 55, 92, 203–204, 258 Autopoiesis 43, 168, 180, 231–232 Availability (in security) 3 B Bacteria (programs) 193 Barabási, Albert-László XXXVIn41, 243n140 Baran, Paul 211–215, 243n140, 243n141, 258 Barbrook, Richard & Cameron, Andy 227, 229 Barlow, John Perry 147, 183–4, 262 Barricelli, Nils 196–198, 235, 258 Bateson, Gregory 231 Bauman, Zygmunt 72n20, 89n279 Bell, Daniel 58 Berardi, Franco (Bifo) 229 Biennale.py (virus) XVI, 254, 262 Blackmore, Susan 107, 220–221 Blood Music (novel) 106 Body Politic 71, 95–96, 100, 104–105, 149, 153n15–154n54, 154n56–154n57, 253 Bolz, Norbert 28 Bontchev, Vesselin 3, 61, 87n258 Boole, George 177–178 Bots (software) XIX, 69, 129, 151, 221, 237, 263 Braidotti, Rosi XXXII, 95, 106, 154–155n57, 167–168, 170 Brandow, Richard 32 Braudel, Fernand XXXVn16 British Computer Virus Research Centre 54 Brunner, John XXI, 3, 17, 46, 258 Brunstein, Klaus 54 Brunton, Finn XIX, 69, 90n294 Bug (computer) XIX, XXI, XXXVn25, 8, 13, 62, 72n27–73n28, 81n147, 134 Bulgaria 61, 149–151, 164n234, 261 Bürger, Ralph 31, 46–47, 260 Burroughs, William S. 108–109 Butler, Octavia 106 Butler, Samuel XXIII, 174–176, 257 C C (programming language) 29, 55, 115 Cadigan, Pat 106–107,...

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