Broad Band

Broad Band

The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet

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"The history of technology you probably know is one of men and machines, garages and riches, alpha nerds and brogrammers. But the little-known fact is that female visionaries have always been at the vanguard of technology and innovation--they've just been erased from the story. Until now. Women are not ancillary to the history of technology; they turn up at the very beginning of every important wave. But they've often been hidden in plain sight, their inventions and contributions touching our lives in ways we don't even realize. VICE reporter and YACHT lead singer Claire L. Evans finally gives these unsung female heroes their due with her insightful social history of the Broad Band, the women who made the internet what it is today. Learn from Ada Lovelace, the tortured, imaginative daughter of Lord Byron, who wove numbers into the first program for a mechanical computer in 1842. Seek inspiration from Grace Hopper, the tenacious mathematician who democratized computing by leading the charge for machine-independent programming languages after World War II. Meet Elizabeth "Jake" Feinler, the one-woman Google who kept the earliest version of the Internet online, and Stacy Horn, who ran one of the first-ever social networks on a shoestring out of her New York City apartment in the 1980s. Evans shows us how these women built and colored the technologies we can't imagine life without. Join the ranks of the pioneers who defied social convention and the longest odds to become database poets, information-wranglers, hypertext dreamers, and glass ceiling-shattering dot com-era entrepreneurs. This inspiring call to action is a revelation: women have embraced technology from the start. It shines a light on the bright minds whom history forgot, and shows us how they will continue to shape our world in ways we can no longer ignore. Welcome to the Broad Band. You're next"--
Published: New York, New York :, Portfolio/Penguin,, [2018]
ISBN: 9780735211759
Branch Call Number: 004.0922 EVA
Characteristics: 278 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm


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Feb 03, 2019

Nice book on the quiet contributors to the computer industry. Half I never heard of.
It was bit sexist on computer to describe females numbercrunching or kilogirls as a measurement.
I am pissed off that Mattel bought all the girl friendly game companies, backstabbed & burying it for short term gain ,but long term pain in ignoring half the demographics.

Jan 28, 2019

A feminist history bringing to light some of the women at the forefront of innovation in computing and the Internet. Ana Lovelace worked with Babbage on the first Victorian analytical computing machines, and Grace Hopper was one of the earliest (and gifted!) electronic computer programmers, pioneering some of the basic thought processes that would become "software engineering." You will meet other women who helped develop and administer the connections of the ARPAnet, the earliest hypertext transfer protocols, the invention of the shorthand ".com" and the concepts behind what would later become "linked data." In short, says the author, anywhere the technology is making life "better, easier, and more connected" - look for the women pioneers.


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