Tung-Hui Hu examines the gap between the real and the virtual in our understanding of the cloud in his book, A Prehistory of the Cloud. We may imagine the digital cloud as placeless, mute, ethereal, and unmediated, yet the reality of the cloud is embodied in thousands of massive data centers, any one of which can use as much electricity as a midsized town. But even all these data centers are only one small part of the cloud. Megan Sapnar Ankerson will join the conversation with Hu.
Tung-Hui Hu, a former network engineer, is assistant professor of English at U-M and the recipient of a 2015 NEA literature fellowship.
Professor John Cheney-Lippold comes to Ann Arbor from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC to join the U-M cluster faculty in Digital Environments. His research and teaching explore the relationship between new media, technology, identity, and the concept of privacy. Professor Cheney-Lippold is currently completing a manuscript on how computer algorithms that employ personal data change the ways in which we understand and define categories like race, class, gender, and citizenship.