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Broad band : the untold story of the women who made the Internet / Claire L. Evans.

Author/creator Evans, Claire Lisa author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info New York, New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2018]
Description278 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction : The Dell -- Part one. The kilogirls. A computer wanted ; Amazing Grace ; The salad days ; Tower of Babel ; The computer girls -- Part two. Connection trip. The longest cave ; Resource one ; Networks ; Communities ; Hypertext -- Part three. The early true believers. Miss Outer Boro ; ; The girl gamers -- Epilogue : The cyberfeminists.
Abstract "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"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 245-268) and index.
LCCN 2017054620
ISBN9780735211759 (hardcover)
ISBN0735211752 (hardcover)
ISBN(electronic publication)

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