Hello! My name is Finn Brunton. I’m an assistant professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU (CV), where I work on the history and theory of computing and digital media technologies. Here is all my writing and the syllabi for my classes.
I wrote Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (MIT, 2013), and co-wrote Obfuscation: A User’s Guide for Privacy and Protest (MIT, 2015) with Helen Nissenbaum. I’m finishing the next book right now: a history of digital cash, utopian currency experiments, and the near future (Princeton, 2018). I also write an occasional newsletter, Passing Current, about interesting things.
You can reach me at f at this domain. Assume all email is effectively public. If you need to discuss anything confidential with me, email me for a phone number and we’ll communicate over Signal or WhatsApp, or in person. (Once we’re in touch, we can coordinate OnionShare for confidential files.)