I specialize in the evolution of computer network protocols, architectures, security, and technical management. In particular I use historical analysis to improve outcomes for STEM and tech policy organizations and research projects, and I write some history.
I am an Assistant Professor with the Stevens Institute of Technology in the College of Arts and Letters. Previously I was a researcher with the UCLA Computer Science Department. Prior to that I studied political economy, economic history, and the history of technology.
Current Funded Research Projects
- Google: DNSSEC and the IANA Functions. This study is an assessment of how the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) functions will incorporate the present and expanded technical and coordination requirements imposed by the Domain Name System Security Extensions. With Russ Mundy.
- Lockheed Martin: Mission Engineering and Multi-Domain Operations. Multi-Domain Operations integrate communications between assets across multiple domains (e.g. subsea, sea, land, air, and space) as a coherent system-of-systems. With Paul Grogan.
- National Science Foundation: Sociotechnical Metrics Frameworks for Network and Security Operation Centers. I am working with fellow PI Alex Bardas to specify a new class of metrics frameworks for enterprise network Security Operations Centers. With Alex Bardas.
- ICANN: Visualizing the Evolution of Internet Identifiers. This project is creating a comprehensive dataset of node/edge relationships governing the maintenance, assignment, and reservation of Internet identifiers, from their origins in 1967 until 2017. With Russ Mundy.
I have three book projects underway; manuscripts for the first two are nearly complete.
- Zotero: a list of publications with PDFs
- ORCID: nothing like a persistent identifier to really tie the system logic together
- ResearchGate: a horrid company, but I keep them updated
- Google Scholar
- Political Values in Technical Systems: Reconsidering IETF Human Rights Protocol Considerations is a paper that Farzaneh Badiei and I are writing. We presented it at IETF 104 and I posted the very early draft.
- Adapting the Internet to the COVID-19 Crisis: Early Findings from a Security Operations Center, is a paper on reconfiguring enterprise networks to suit the qualitative shifts in Internet use brought on by the pandemic. With Alex Bardas.
- Lineages of Network Centric Warfare: Origins of present challenges in defense modelling and simulation. With Paul Grogan.
- The Origins of Bindings is a paper on the evolution of binding architectures that I aim to publish one of these years.
- DNSSEC and the Future of the Root Zone is a technical report on the institutional basis of the Domain Name System Security Extensions. With Russ Mundy.
Modestly Selected Talks
- Against the Encrypted Network Society, ISG Research Seminar, Royal Holloway, University of London, London; 2020
- From Blood Feuds to Domain Names: A Social History of Bindings, Stevens Institute of Technology Humanities Forum, Hoboken; 2019
- Political Values in Technical Systems: Human Rights Protocol Considerations (see paper). With Farzaneh Badii. Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) 104, Prague; 2018
- Toward a Political Economy of Cybersecurity, University of California Irvine Informatics Department Seminar Series, Irvine
- Social Relations and Routing Architectures, Special Interest Group for Computing in Society (SIGCIS), Computer History Museum, Menlo Park; 2017
- The Emergence of Border Router Protocols and Autonomous Systems c. 1968-89, Society for the History of Technology (SHOT) Special Interest Group for Computers, Information and Society (SIGCIS), Albuquerque; 2013
- Twitter Freedoms: Intellectual Property Rights and Social Media (1, 2, 3, 4), 140 Conference, New York, 2009
- Credit Markets, Socioeconomic Change, and the Asiatic Mode of Production in Late Imperial China, York Center for Asian Research, York University, Toronto, 2005
I am working to make these available here in 2020-21:
- Binding Architectures in Social and Historical Perspective
- Computers and Capitalism
- Cyberspace and National Security
- Internet Protocols and Politics
- Computers and Society
- Great Ideas in Computer Science
- Psychopharmacology and Computation
- HAN: the Highly Atypical Network, a home WAN I am building
- X Creek: my watercourse revitalization project
- Python, Ubuntu: these are fairly standard and self-explanatory interests for my demographic
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