[Air-l] Research on Fidonet?

William Stewart billstew at livinginternet.com
Tue May 14 17:37:42 PDT 2002


This page has some information on the history of Fidonet, and several links to good Fidonet resources:

   http://livinginternet.com/u/ui_fidonet.htm

Cheers,
Bill

At 05:20 PM 5/14/02 -0400, you wrote:
>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.
>
>Rafal Rohozinski
>rar20 at cus.cam.ac.uk
>Cambridge University
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