Representation of Cybernetics and Network Projects in the Soviet Society during the 1960s-1970s: The Socio-Political Context of Information Technologies

Svetlana Ulyanova, Natalia Nikiforova, Ilya Sidorchuk

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Abstract

The paper is dedicated to the representation of computer and information technology in Soviet society from 1960s to 1970s. A range of contemporary researches note that information society today is tightly linked to the ideas of democracy, freedom, commerce and decentralization. Nevertheless, in the Soviet project information technologies were called upon to serve official ideology and principles of planned economy. Reference to documentary and narrative sources reveals that information technologies can be loaded with varying cultural meanings and those views of the configurations and roles of electronic communications systems (hierarchy/decentralization, verticality/horizontality) are conditioned by their political context. The paper is mainly focused on the difference in interpretation of sociocultural consequences of automatization and development of information technology in capitalist and socialist countries.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSelected Papers - 2017 4th International Conference "Computer Technology in Russia and in the Former Soviet Union", SoRuCom 2017
EditorsIrina Krayneva, Alexander Tomilin
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages188-193
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538647417
DOIs
StatePublished - 28 Jun 2018
Event4th International Conference "Computer Technology in Russia and in the Former Soviet Union", SoRuCom 2017 - Zelenograd, Russian Federation
Duration: 3 Oct 20175 Oct 2017

Publication series

NameSelected Papers - 2017 4th International Conference "Computer Technology in Russia and in the Former Soviet Union", SoRuCom 2017

Conference

Conference4th International Conference "Computer Technology in Russia and in the Former Soviet Union", SoRuCom 2017
Country/TerritoryRussian Federation
CityZelenograd
Period3/10/175/10/17

Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Education

Keywords

  • history of technology
  • representation of technology
  • Soviet cybernetics
  • Soviet scientific technological periodicals

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