Monday, August 11, 2014

New book on the history of International Telecommunication Union

(via Ecrea)

A new book on the transnational history of telegraphy written by Gabriele Balbi with Simone Fari, Giuseppe Richeri and Spartaco Calvo has just been published by Peter Lang. This book uses new sources to indepth the early history of the Telegraph Union (today the International Telecommunication Union - ITU) and focuses on the key role – political, diplomatic, economic and technical – Switzerland played in promoting its birth and managing its structures during the ten years preceding and following its creation (1855-1875). The history of the ITU tends to be neglected in telecommunication history and the role of Switzerland in its formation and management has been largely overlooked. This is surprising for three reasons: first, it was (and still is) the seat of the Bureau; second, until World War Two the secretary was a Swiss national; finally, the Bureau was under the direct control of the Swiss government. The main statement of this book is that the political economy of Switzerland, based on neutrality, diplomacy, internationalism and technical expertise, exerted a decisive influence over the origins of the ITU. Flyers, extracts, and table of content can be downloaded from this website:

Network Neutrality
Switzerland's role in the genesis of the Telegraph Union, 1855-1875
Balbi, Gabriele / Fari, Simone / Richeri, Giuseppe / Calvo, Spartaco

Gabriele Balbi, PhD
Assistant Professor in Media Studies
IMeG – Institute of Media and Journalism
Faculty of Communication Sciences
Università della Svizzera italiana, USI
Via G. Buffi 13
CH - 6904 Lugano
(t) +41 (0)58.666.4729