Talk: Kybernetik war nicht alles (2021)

Kybernetik war nicht alles – Die langen Ketten bürokratischer Praktiken im DDR Sozialismus (lecture, 30 min in German)

Cybernetics Was Not Everything – The Long Chains Of Bureaucratic Practices In GDR Socialism

This lecture unfolds a discussion whether Cybernetics is an appropriate framing for looking at digitalisation history. Although the control of economic processes in the GDR relied on automatic machine processing, it was still dependent on long chains of bureaucratic practices.

Berlin, May 2, 2021 at Haus der Statistik in the frame of the exhibition and symposium Calculating Control