Quinn DuPont studies human and social dimensions of cybersecurity, cryptography, and code, and is an active researcher in digital culture and new media studies, digital humanities, and the history of science and technology. He has a PhD in Information Science (Toronto), and is an ALA-accredited librarian (Western), with a decade of industry experience as a Senior Information Specialist at IBM, an IT consultant, and a usability and experience designer. His current research focuses on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technologies, and he is a member of the Canadian SCC/ISO blockchain standardization committee. His forthcoming book, Cryptocurrencies (Polity), is a scholarly survey of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technologies in society.
Alana Cattapan and I investigate how feminist histories can be expanded beyond traditional paper-bound venues by adopting a “networked model” of scholarly production inspired by digital humanities methods.
Yuri Takhteyev and I analyse and critique two ways of thinking about ICTs in the production of space. We contrast the “mimetic” view with what we call the “algorithmic” view, and describe several conceptual features of the latter.
I describe new forms of algorithmic governance through an ethnography of “The DAO,” a decentralized autonomous organization on the Ethereum blockchain platform. Over 2016-2017, online discourses were collected and analysed.
Brad Fidler and I trace the history of the first Arpanet encryption system, the Private Line Interface, and critique existing understandings of the emergence of networked cybersecurity.
University of Toronto (2010—2016), “An Archeology of Cryptography: Rewriting Plaintext, Encryption, and Ciphertext.” Supervised by Brian Cantwell Smith and Patrick Keilty.
University of Toronto (2006—2007).
University of Western Ontario (2006—2007)
University of Victoria (2002—2005)