[Air-l] Research on Fidonet?
rafal at rohozinski.net
Tue May 14 14:20:43 PDT 2002
Is anyone aware of any published research looking at FIDONET
communities? While FIDO is a dying technology it was once (80's) the
'alternative Internet' and retains a strong following in Germany and
Russia where it remains a free alterative to the commercial Internet.
Fido is an interesting case study as being a member of FIDO required
one to subscribe to a set of rules, and actively participate in the
technical functioning of the networks itself. I conducted extensive
research on the Russian Fidonet (and internet) during the mid 1990's
for my doctoral thesis (some of which is published here
http://www.unrisd.org/infotech/conferen/russian/toc.htm) and I am
looking at updating the research in anticipation of publishing the
broader findings. Any tips, citations or general advice (or
anecdotes) would be very welcome.
rar20 at cus.cam.ac.uk
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