Quinn DuPont studies human and social dimensions of cryptography, cybersecurity, and code, and is an active researcher in digital and new media studies, digital humanities, and the history of science and technology. With nearly a decade of industry experience as a Senior Information Specialist at IBM, IT consultant, and usability and experience designer, he also investigates the practical and ethical implications of emerging technologies. His current research focuses on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technologies, and he is currently involved in Canadian SCC/ISO blockchain standardization efforts. 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.
Working with scholars at IMTFI (UC Irvine) and CITO (Dublin College University), I ethnographically research the brief rise and subsequent fall of the smart-contract platform, and world's largest crowd-generated investment fund, “The DAO.”
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)