Rethinking the Role of the State in Technology Development: DARPA and the Case for Embedded Network Governance

Erica Fuchs
This paper explores the role of the state in re-architecting social networks and thereby new technology directions in the United States. It draws on a case study of DARPA’s Microsystem’s Technology Office from 1992-2008. Leveraging one of the most radical directorships in DARPA’s history, I argue that the perceived “death” of DARPA under Tony Tether was because past analyses, by focusing on the organization’s culture and structure, overlooked a set of lasting, informal institutions among...
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