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Week 9

This week’s topic revolved around military involvement of technology and digital advancements. Specifically, around encryption systems and the internet.

The article on Alan Turing was especially surprising to me. He was a national hero for breaking the enigma code and in turn he was shunned by the public for his sexuality. In this class we have often discussed the role of women in digital history yet it is important that we recognize all minorities such as members of the LGBTQ community. The German Cipher Machines of World War II describes the enigma code in great detail, only adding to the impressive feats of Turing. The enigma code was a complex machine and code that required rotors and copper springs.

With the invention of digital tools such as the enigma code, the ,military has a hand in almost all technological advancements within the last century. The internet is just one of those advancements. War and national security require the military to research ways to better themselves. In turn, that research benefits the public.

As a daughter of a military family, I have always known the benefits that the military provides but on the technology side I did not know the extent.

Reading/Video/Other Resources

  1. Hom, Elaine. “Alan Turing Biography: Computer Pioneer, Gay Icon”. Life Science. June 23, https://www.livescience.com/29483-alan-turing.html
  2. Mowry, David. “German Cipher Machines of WWII”. Center for Cryptologic History National Security Agency (2014) p1-6. https://www.nsa.gov/Portals/70/documents/about/cryptologic-heritage/historical-figures-publications/publications/wwii/german_cipher.pdf
  3. Ward, Mark. “How the Modern World Depends on Encryption”. BBC News (2013). https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-2466783
  4. Willings, Adrian. “27 Military Technologies that Changed Civilian Life”. Retrieved March 12, 2019.  https://www.pocket-lint.com/gadgets/news/143526-27-military-technologies-that-changed-civilian-life
  5. Lachow, Irving. “The GPS Dilemma: Balancing Military Risks and Economic Benefits.” International Security 20, no. 1 (1995): 126-48. doi:10.2307/2539220. https://www.jstor.org/stable/2539220
  6. Gordon, Olivia. “How the Internet Was Invented | The History of the Internet, Part 1,” SciShow, March 1, 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1UStbvRnwmQ

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