Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Infrastructure Bibliography

Originally by ShinJoung Yeo, Christian Sandvig, Lisa Parks, Jonathan Sterne, and Fred Turner. This is a Feb. 22, 2010 snapshot. See the zotero bibliography for more recent changes. Or go back to the infrastructure group home page.


Bar, F., Borrus,M., and R. Steinberg. “Interoperability and the NII: Mappingthe debate.” Information Infrastructure and Policy 4 (1995): 235-254.  

Barry, Andrew. Political machines: governing a technological society. Continuum International Publishing Group, 2001.  

Beniger, James R. The control revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society. Harvard University Press, 1986.  

Bijker, Wiebe E. Of bicycles, bakelites, and bulbs. MIT Press, 1997.  

Bijker, Wiebe E., and John Law. Shaping technology/building society. MIT Press, 1994.  

“Body of Knowledge on Infrastructure Regulation.”

Borgman, Christine L. From Gutenberg to the global information infrastructure. MIT Press, 2003.  

Bowker, Geoffrey, Karen Baker, Florence Milerand, and David Ribes. “Towards Information Infrastructure Studies: Ways of Knowing in a Networked Environment.” In The International Handbook of Internet Research., edited by J. Hunsunger, M. Allen, and L. Klasrup. Springer Verlag, 2009.  

Bowker, Geoffrey, and Susan Star. “Building Information Infrastructures for Social Worlds — The Role of Classifications and Standards.” In Community Computing and Support Systems, 231-248, 1998.  

Bowker, Geoffrey C., and Susan Leigh Star. Sorting things out: Classification and Its Consequences. MIT Press, 2000.  

Burroughs, Andrew. Everyday engineering : how engineers see /. San Francisco :  

Communications under the seas : the evolving cable network and its implications /. Cambridge, Mass. :  

Coutard, Olivier. The governance of large technical systems. Routledge, 1999.  

Coutard, Olivier, Richard Eugene Hanley, and Rae Zimmerman. Sustaining urban networks. Routledge, 2005.  

David, Paul. “Clio and the Economics of QWERTY..” American Economic Review 75, no. 2 (1985): 332-337.  

DAVIES, ANDREW. “Innovation in Large Technical Systems: The Case of Telecommunications.” Ind Corp Change 5, no. 4 (January 1, 1996): 1143-1180.  

Dierkes, Meinolf. New technology at the outset : social forces in the shaping of technological innovations. Frankfurt ;;New York: Campus Verlag, 1992.  

Downey, Greg. “Virtual Webs, Physical Technologies, and Hidden Workers: The Spaces of Labor in Information Internetworks.” Technology and Culture 42, no. 2 (2001): 209-235.  

Downey, Gregory John. Telegraph messenger boys : labor, technology, and geography, 1850-1950 /. New York :, 2002.  

Edwards, Paul. “Y2K: Millennial Reflections on Computers as Infrastructure.” History and Technology 15 (1998): 7-29.  

Edwards, Paul N, Steven J Jackson, Geoffrey C Bowker, and Cory P Knobel. “Understanding Infrastructure: Dynamics, Tensions, and Design.” Working Paper.

Egyedi, T.M., and J. Hudson. “A standard's integrity: can it be safeguarded?.” Communications Magazine, IEEE 43, no. 2 (2005): 151-155.  

Egyedi, Tineke. “Infrastructure flexibility created by standardized gateways: The cases of XML and the ISO container.” Knowledge, Technology & Policy 14, no. 3 (2001): 41-54.  

Egyedi, Tineke M., and Zofia Verwater-Lukszo. “Which standards' characteristics increase system flexibility? Comparing ICT and batch processing infrastructures.” Technology in Society 27, no. 3 (August 2005): 347-362.  

Finholt, Thomas, and David Ribes. “Long Now of Technology Infrastructure: Articulating Tensions in Development.” Journal of the Association for Information Systems 10, no. 5 (May 28, 2009).  

Fox, Robert. Technological change: methods and themes in the history of technology. Routledge, 1998.  

Galloway, Alexander R. Protocol: how control exists after decentralization. MIT Press, 2004.  

Gopinath, Sumanth. “Ringtones, or the auditory logic of globalization.” First Monday 10, no. 5 (2005).  

Graham, Stephen. Splintering urbanism : networked infrastructures, technological mobilities, and the urban condition /. London ;, 2001.  

———. Telecommunications and the city : electronic spaces, urban places /. New York :, 1996.  

Hanseth, Ole, and Eric Monteir. “Understanding Information Infrastructure.”

Hanseth, Ole, Eric Monteiro, and Morten Hatling. “Developing Information Infrastructure: The Tension Between Standardization and Flexibility.” Science Technology Human Values 21, no. 4 (October 1, 1996): 407-426.  

Hayes, Brian. Infrastructure : a field guide to the industrial landscape /. 1st ed. New York :  

“History and Theory of Infrastructure - NSF Workshop.”

Hughes, Thomas. Human-built world : how to think about technology and culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.  

Hughes, Thomas Parke. Networks of power : electrification in Western society, 1880-1930 /. Baltimore :  

———. “The Evolution of Large Technological Systems..” In The Social Construction of Technological Systems: New Directions in the Sociology and History of Technology., 51-82. Cambridge, MIT Press., 1987.  

“Indiana University Cyberinfrastructure News | Cyberinfrastructure | Pervasive Technology Institute.”

“Infrastructure History Series.” Infrastructure History Series.


Israel, Paul. “Understanding technological innovation: a socio-technical approach.” Business History 51, no. 1 (2009): 139.  

Jackson, Steven J, Archer B Batcheller, Paul N Edwards, Geoffrey C Bowker, Steve Cisler, and Susan Leigh Star. “Extending African Knowledge Infrastructures: Sharing, Creating, Maintaining.” Technical Report.

Jackson, Steven J, Paul N Edwards, Geoffrey C Bowker, and Cory P Knobel. “Understanding Infrastructure: History, Heuristics, and Cyberinfrastructure Policy.” First Monday 12, no. 6 (2007).  

Jakobs, Kai. “Information Technology Standards, Standards Setting, and Standards Research.,” 2000.

John, Richard R. Spreading the news. Harvard University Press, 1998.  

Law, John. “The Olympus 320 Engine: A Case Study in Design, Development, and Organizational Control.” Technology and Culture 33, no. 3 (July 1992): 409-440.  

Lowood, Henry, Stephen H. Cutcliffe, Katalin Harkányi, Patrick Harshbarger, Roger Launius, and Ian Winship. “Current Bibliography in the History of Technology (1995).” Technology and Culture 38 (1997): 1-167.  

Mackenzie, Adrian. “These Things Called Systems: Collective Imaginings and Infrastructural Software.” Social Studies of Science 33, no. 3 (June 2003): 365-387.  

Mainwaring, Scott, Michele Chang, and Ken Anderson. “Infrastructures and Their Discontents: Implications for Ubicomp.” In UbiComp 2004: Ubiquitous Computing, 432, 418, 2004.  

Neumann, Laura, and Susan Star. “Making infrastructure: the dream of a common language.” In Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC'96), 231--40, 1996.

Parks, Lisa. “Around the Antenna Tree: The Politics of Infrastructural Visibility.” Flow 9, no. 8 (2009).  

———. Mixed Signals: Media Infrastructures and Cultural Geographies.  

Phillips, D. J. “From Privacy to Visibility: CONTEXT, IDENTITY, AND POWER IN UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING ENVIRONMENTS.” Social Text 23, no. 2 83 (6, 2005): 95-108.  

Phillips, david. “Knowing Glances: Visibility, Identity, and Power in Ubiquitous Computing Environments.” New Orleans, LA, 2009.

Phillips, david J. Knowing Glances: Identity, Visibility, and Power in Information Environments.  

Pinch, T. Living in a material world : economic sociology meets science and technology studies. Cambridge Mass.: MIT Press, 2008.  

Pinch, Trevor. “On making infrastructure visible: putting the non-humans to rights.” Camb. J. Econ. (September 22, 2009): bep044.  

Pinch, Trevor, and Wiebe Bijker. “The Social Construction of Facts and Artifacts: Or How the Sociology of Science and the Sociology of Technology Might Benefit Each Other.” In The Social Construction of Technological Systems, 50, 17. MIT Press, 1989.  

Report of the National Science Foundation Blue-Ribbon Advisory Panel on Cyberinfrastructure.

Ribes, David, and Thomas A. Finholt. “Tensions across the scales: planning infrastructure for the long-term.” In Proceedings of the 2007 international ACM conference on Supporting group work, 229-238. Sanibel Island, Florida, USA: ACM, 2007.

Russell, Stewart. “The Social Construction of Artefacts: A Response to Pinch and Bijker.” Social Studies of Science 16, no. 2 (May 1986): 331-346.  

Sandvig, Christian. “Access to the Electromagnetic Spectrum is a Foundation for Development.” In Media Matters: Perspectives on Advancing Governance and Development, 50-54, 2006.  

———. “Disorderly infrastructure and the role of government.” Government Information Quarterly 23, no. 3-4 (2006): 503-506.  

———. “Shaping Infrastructure and Innovation on the Internet: The End-to-End Network that isn't.” In Shaping science and technology policy : the next generation of research. Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press.  

Sawhney, Harmeet. “The public telephone network : Stages in infrastructure development.” Telecommunications Policy 16, no. 7 (September): 538-552.  

Sobey, Edwin J. C. A Field Guide to Roadside Technology. Chicago Review Press, 2006.  

Standards policy for information infrastructure /. Cambridge, Ma :  

STAR, SUSAN LEIGH. “The Ethnography of Infrastructure.” American Behavioral Scientist 43, no. 3 (November 1, 1999): 377-391.  

Star, Susan Leigh. “"It's infrastructure all the way down" (keynote address).” In Proceedings of the fifth ACM conference on Digital libraries, 271. San Antonio, Texas, United States: ACM, 2000.

———. “Infrastructure and ethnographic practice: working on the fringes.” Scand. J. Inf. Syst. 14, no. 2 (2002): 107-122.  

Star, Susan Leigh, and Geoffrey Bowker. “How to Infrastructure.” In Handbook of new media : social shaping and social consequences of ICTs, 230-244. Updated student ed. London ;, 2006.  

Star, Susan Leigh, and Geoffrey C. Bowker. “Work and infrastructure.” Commun. ACM 38, no. 9 (1995): 41.  

Star, Susan Leigh, Geoffrey C. Browker, and Laura Neumann. “Things Come Together: Information Convergence and Anomie.”

Star, Susan Leigh, and Karen Ruhleder. “Steps towards an ecology of infrastructure: complex problems in design and access for large-scale collaborative systems.” In Proceedings of the 1994 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work, 253-264. Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States: ACM, 1994.

Sterne, J. “Television under construction: American television and the problem of distribution, 1926-62.” MEDIA CULTURE AND SOCIETY 21 (1999): 503–530.  

Sterne, Jonathan. Audible past : cultural origins of sound reproduction /. Durham :, 2003.  

———. “Transportation and Communication: Together as You've Always Wanted Them.” In Thinking With James Carey: Essays on Communication, Transportation, History, edited by Jeremy Packer and Craig Robertson, 117-135. New York: Peter Lang.  

Stilgoe, John R. Outside lies magic : regaining history and awareness in everyday places /. New York :, 1998.  

Stoica, Ion, Daniel Adkins, Shelley Zhuang, Scott Shenker, and Sonesh Surana. “Internet indirection infrastructure.” IEEE/ACM Trans. Netw. 12, no. 2 (2004): 205-218.  

Summerton, Jane, ed. Changing large technical systems. (Boulder, Colo): Westview Press, 1994.  

The Development of large technical systems /. Frankfurt am Main :, 1988.  

Thomas P. Hughes. Rescuing Prometheus Four Monumental Projects That Changed the Modern World. Paperback. Vintage, 2000.  

Turner, Fred. “Burning Man at Google: a cultural infrastructure for new media production.” New Media Society 11, no. 1-2 (February 1, 2009): 73-94.  

Vleuten, van der EBA (Erik). “Infrastructures and societal change. A view from the large technical systems field.” Technology Analysis & Strategic Management 16, no. 3 (2004): 395.  

Winner, Langdon. “Upon Opening the Black Box and Finding It Empty: Social Constructivism and the Philosophy of Technology.” Science, Technology, & Human Values 18, no. 3 (1993): 378, 362.  

Yates, JoAnne. Structuring the information age : life insurance and technology in the twentieth century /. Baltimore, Md. :, 2005.