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I've Joined the UWM History Department!

I've now moved faculty positions within the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee, from the School of Information Studies to the History Department. That's a rather small journey geographically -- 0.3 miles or six minutes walk according to Google Maps -- but a huge shift culturally and intellectually. Thanks to all those in the history department, the College of Letters and Science, and the Provost's office who made this move possible.

Exploring the Early Digital: Siegen Workshop, Jan 2017

I am the primary organizer of a second workshop in what is emerging as a new Siegen University series on the Early Digital. This one is held on January 12-14, 2017 with the theme "Exploring the Early Digital." The workshop is primarily intended to lay the framework for a book, working title also “Exploring the Early Digital” in which members of the history of computing community will begin to reconceptualize their work within a new frame. We’re trying to broaden from “computers” to “the digital” and so engage with some aspects of media studies, engineering practice, etc.

Watch My ENIAC Talk at the Computer History Museum

The Computer History Museum has top notch facilities, so giving a talk there involved a lot more in the way of lighting setup, balance checking, and preparation than I'm used to. The result is a first class recording of my talk, "Working on ENIAC: Rethinking the Myths of Innovation" which has been getting a decent number of views on the CHM You Tube channel. 

ENIAC in Action Coming in Japanese

I recently made my first Internet sighting of a cover and description for the new Japanese translation of ENIAC In Action. This should be out soon from Kyoritsu Shuppan, a leading publisher of computer science books, for just 5,500 yen. According to Google translate, the page at says it will be out in June 2016, which seems remarkably fast.

Siegen University Workshop. Beyond ENIAC: Early Digital Platforms & Practices, June 10-12

Title: Beyond ENIAC: Early Digital Platforms & Practices
Dates: June 10-12, 2016
Location: Ludwig Wittgenstein House, Kohlbettstr. 15, 57068 Siegen, Germany (map link)
Organizer: Thomas Haigh (

Shiva Ayyadurai Wants My Emails

Shiva Ayyadurai really, really wants to look through my emails. Remember Shiva Ayyadurai? The man who has been engaged for five years on a quixotic but energetic public relations campaign to convince the world that he, and he alone, is the true "inventor of email"? Ayyadurai literally wrote the book on internet publicity. His big problem is that you can't invent something that's already in widespread use.

Penn Alumni Magazine Features ENIAC in Action

There is a great writeup in the current issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette (the Penn alumi magazine), profiling the talk I gave at the ENIAC 70th Anniversary event back in February. "A People's History of ENIAC," by John Prendergast, theGazette's editor, fills about two and a half pages in the print edition. Opening lines: "If you're a fan of The Imitation Game and Walter Isaacson's 2014 bestseller The Innovators, be glad you weren't on campus to hear Thomas Haigh..."

Evgeny Morozov, Author of the Quixote?

These two message are reposted from the members discussion list which has been a primary locus for discussion of the Medina/Morozov affair.

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