Jean-François Blanchette


Associate Professeur, Department of Information Studies, UCLA
Box 951520 (regular mail)
218 GSE&IS Building
300 North Charles E. Young Drive (UPS and Fedex packages)
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
Tel: +1 310 267 5137; Fax: +1 310 206 4460
Email: last name at ucla dot edu


Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, U. of British Columbia.
Ph.D., Science and Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
M.Sc., Computer Science (cryptography), Université de Montréal.
B.Sc., Computer Science, Université de Montréal.

Research Interests

Authenticity of electronic information. Social and political dimensions of information security. Digital preservation.
Sociology of mathematics. Privacy and data retention. Materiality and computing. Technology, memory, and oblivion.

Recent and upcoming presentations

“La dématérialisation n'aura pas lieu,” Ecole de bibliothéconomie et des sciences de l'information, Université de Montréal, April 10, 2013.
It's a Series of Tubes: Exploring Net Neutrality Policy through Critical Making (with Matt Ratto), iConference 2013, Forth Worth, February 14, 2013.
Heavy Clouds: Towards a Material Analysis of Computing, School of Information Studies, UW Milwaukee, November 15, 2012.
The 7 Habits of Technically Savyy MLIS Graduates, LISAA Fall Colloquium, UCLA, November 10, 2012.
A Material History of Bits, Epistemic Engines: Media Technology and Cultural History Conference, UC Irvine, October 5th, 2012.
Infrastructural Thinking: A Pedagogical Approach to Information Technology and Archives, AERI, UCLA, July 10, 2012.
L'écrit électronique: Les règles de l'art, Centre de recherche information, droit et société, Brussels, June 1, 2012.
First Knowledge Infrastructures Workshop School of Information, University of Michigan, May 25-28, 2012.
La force de la recherche juridique, CNRS, Paris, May 11, 2012.
From Materials to Materiality, CHI workshop, Austin, May 6, 2012.
What's New about New Materialities?, Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society, Berkeley, May 5, 2012.
Déchiffrer les mutations de l'écrit : Infrastructure et dématérialisation, École des Chartes, Paris, March 27, 2012.
Heavy Clouds, Oxford Internet Institute, March 20, 2012.
Material, Visual and Digital Culture Research Seminar Series, Department of Anthropology, University College London, March 19, 2012.
Is information material? Digital materialities and mediated logics, iConference, Toronto, February 8, 2012.
''Infrastructural Thinking'' as Core Computing Skill, Digital Humanities Conference, Stanford, June 21, 2011.

Selected Publications

Student Advising



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