Brad Fidler
New York, USA

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Hello, World

I study the evolution of distributed systems (their architecture, mostly) and their technical management. I’m currently focused on binding/mapping systems and virtualization in computer (and to a limited extent neural) networks.

I am an Assistant Professor with the Stevens Institute of Technology in the College of Arts and Letters. At my last job I was a researcher with the UCLA Computer Science Department. My background is largely in political economy and I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the evolution of psychopharmaceutical market strategies. I will complete my final contracts for (big) tech and defense during the first half of 2021, and am not currently available for new projects.

Contact / Appointments

I use the same Zoom Room for all teaching and meetings. You can make an appointment with me at Doodle. You can reach me at

Current Research Contracts

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.

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.

Previously I’ve contributed to contracts for DARPA and the NIMH.


This one’s out in 2021 with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers:

The Creation and Technical Administration of Internet Identifiers is the first systematic study of the forms of authority behind the IANA functions), from their inception until the IANA Stewardship Transition. Co-authored with Russ Mundy, introduction by Vint Cerf and Steve Crocker; Google and ICANN funding.

I am also writing the first two books of a trilogy:

Bindings: A Shadow History of Internet Connectivity (MIT Press) is a historical analysis of the ontological systems that structure key Internet protocols, as well as incremental changes and clean-slate redesigns.

Anxiety is a novel that explores the interaction of computer and neural networks with our relationships and self. It’s about half written.