Quinn DuPont

Curriculum Vitae

Apologies to screen reading devices. My email is from the University of Toronto, prepended by my first and last name separated by a period. @quinndupont

Quinn DuPont studies the role of cryptography and code in society, and is an active participant in discussions of digital studies, digital humanities, and media studies. He also writes on Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, and blockchain technologies, and is currently involved in Canadian ISO standardization efforts. Quinn has published academically on a wide range of issues, in venues such as First Monday, Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice, Journal of Peer Production, and Library Hi-Tech. Quinn has also written for public audiences, in Christian Science Monitor, This Magazine, and Berliner Gazette.
Currently: University of Toronto PhD student, Rutgers Digital Studies Fellow, Decimal Lab researcher, & Oban Digital UX designer/researcher. Previously: Senior Information Specialist at IBM Algorithmics.


† Equal contributions from authors

& (2016). Ordering Space: Alternative Views of ICT and Geography. First Monday. 22(7), 1 August. Retrieved from

(2017). Discourse Network 1466: Alberti’s Invention of Polyalphabetic Encryption and the Succession of Print. A Material History of Medieval and Early Modern Ciphers: Cryptography and the History of Literacy. Routledge.

(2017). Cryptography. Critical Keywords for the Digital Humanities. Meson Press.

& (2016). Moving Forward, Looking Back: Taking Canadian Feminist Histories Online. Atlantis: Critical Studies in Gender, Culture, and Social Justice. (in press).†

(May/June 2016). Liquid Diet: Is Soylent really the cyberfeminism food of our dreams?. This Magazine. February 22, 2016. Retrieved from

(2016). Opinion: Why Apple isn't acting in the public's interest. Christian Science Monitor. February 22, 2016. Retrieved from

(2016). Otherness and Order in Andrés Ramírez Gaviria: A Line, However Short, Has An Infinite Number Of Points. Barcelona: Triton.

(2015). Opinion: It's time to rethink polarizing encryption debate. Christian Science Monitor. December 2, 2015. Retrieved from

(2015). [Review] Soll, Jacob, The Reckoning. Journal of Cultural Economy. September 22, DOI:10.1080/17530350.2015.1083459. Retrieved from

& (2015). Ledgers and Law in the Blockchain. King's Review. Retrieved from†

(2014). [Review] Philip P. Arnold, (ed.), Traditions of Systems Theory: Major Figures and Contemporary Developments. Philosophy in Review. 34(5), 199 - 201. Retrieved from

(2014). Kryptographie für alle: Zur Snowden-Lektion über technologische Emanzipation im Überwachungsstaat. Berliner Gazette. July 1, 2014. Retrieved from [Translated to German from the original English version: "Post-Snowden Cryptography: Did Snowden teach us anything?"]

(2014). The Politics of Cryptography: Bitcoin and the Ordering Machine. Journal of Peer Production. 1(4). Retrieved from (archived version).

(2014). Unlocking the digital crypt: Exploring a framework for cryptographic reading and writing. Scholarly and Research Communication. 5(2), 1 - 7. Retrieved from

(2013). Cracking the Agrippa Code: Cryptography for the Digital Humanities. Scholarly and Research Communication. 4(3), 1 - 8. Retrieved from

& (2013). Retrocomputing as Preservation and Remix. Library Hi-Tech. 31(2), 355 - 370. Retrieved from

Manuscripts in preparation

(2016). The Cryptological Origins of Machine Translation

& (2015). Edge Cryptography and the Co-Development of Computer Networks and Cybersecurity.†


DuPont, Q. & Fidler, B. (2016). Panel on Cybersecurity: Genealogies and Practices. Society for the History of Technology, Special Interest Group: Computers, Information and Society (SHOT SIGCIS). Singapore. [Discussant and chair]

DuPont, Q. (2016). Translation and Transcription: The cryptologic origins of machine translation. Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (CSDH/SCHN). Calgary, AB.

DuPont, Q. & Fidler, B. (2015). The Co-Development of Early Computer Network and Cryptography Infrastructure. Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). Albuquerque, NM.

DuPont, Q. (2015). Plaintext, Encryption, Ciphertext: A History of Cryptography and its Influence on Contemporary Society [Dissertation Proposal Panel] Special Interest Group: Computers, Information, and Society Albuquerque, NM.

DuPont, Q. (2015). Exploring Cryptography: Issues for Digital Humanities. Joint CSDH/SCHN & ACH Digital Humanities Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.

DuPont, Q. (2015). Digital Memory and Objects. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory (HASTAC). Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. [Panel Discussion]

DuPont, Q. (2015). Plaintext, Encryption, Ciphertext. PhD Research Days. University of Toronto, Toronto, ON.

DuPont, Q. (2015). Angels of the Internet: The media landscape of Bitcoin and Ethereum. Media of Exchange: A Symposium on Cryptographic Currencies. New York University, NYC, NY. [Video] [Invited]

DuPont, Q. (2015). Simple Non-Secret Cryptography for the Humanities. The Humanities and Technology Camp (THATCamp). NYC, NY. [Demo]

DuPont, Q., & Cattapan, A. (2015). Moving Forward, Looking Back: Taking Canadian Feminist Histories Online. Sustaining Partnerships to Transform Scholarly Production. Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE). Whistler, BC.

DuPont, Q. (2014). A Rational Economy? From Bitcoin to Ubiquitous Cryptography. Information Management Public Lecture Series. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. [Video] [Invited]

DuPont, Q. (2014). From Order to Control: How Cryptography Functions in Bitcoin. Moneylab: Coining Alternatives. Amsterdam, Netherlands. [Video] [Invited]

Takhteyev, Y. & DuPont, Q. (2013). From Telephonoscope to Cyberspace to Computable Space. Society for the Social Study of Science (4S). San Diego, CA.

Takhteyev, Y. & DuPont, Q. (2013). From Flux to Bits: Socio-Technical Analysis of Old Computing Systems. Society for the Social Study of Science (4S). San Diego, CA.

DuPont, Q. (2013). Unlocking the Digital Crypt: Exploring a Framework for Cryptographic Reading and Writing. Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices (INKE). New York, NY.

DuPont, Q. (2013). Round-Trip Encryption: How a Hacker Contest Cracked Agrippa. Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory (HASTAC). Toronto, ON.

DuPont, Q., & Takhteyev, Y. (2013). Retrocomputing as Preservation and Remix. iConference. Fort Worth, TX. [Honorable Mention Best Paper Award]

DuPont, Q. (2012). Cracking the Agrippa Code: Creativity without Destruction. Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices (INKE). Havana, Cuba.

DuPont, Q. (2011). Source Control: Competing and complimentary histories. Society for the Social Study of Science (4S). Cleveland, OH.

DuPont, Q. (2011). Email: A History of Syntax. Boundaries, Frontiers, and Gatekeepers. Toronto, ON.

DuPont, Q. (2011). Email: A History of Syntax. Connections 2011: Discourse & Illumination. Milwaukee, MI.

DuPont, Q. (2011). Controlling Production: The History of Source Code Control Systems. FOSS Brownbag seminar at the iSchool. Toronto, ON.

DuPont, Q. (2011). Networked Modes of Production: Source Code Control as the Post-Fordist Factory. RFC: Request for Critique Los Angeles, CA. [Invited]

Digital Projects

2016, DAO of Whales. Exploration of pseudo-legal entities governed through blockchain technology. Case study: proposed decentralized autonomous charity for whales.

2012, Cracking the Agrippa Code. Crowdsourced digital humanities study of cryptographic routines of William Gibson's "Agrippa" poem. [See also Alan Liu's description of the project at Agrippa Files.]

Media coverage

(2016) "Blockchain Raises Fundamental Questions," Financial Times
(2015) "The Ongoing Encryption Debate," Morning Consult
(2015) "Le code est-il vraiment la loi?" Internet
(2014) "In Each Other We Trust,"
(2012) "William Gibson Book." CBC As It Happens [Radio episode]. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


Doctor of Philosophy Candidate, Information Science

2010—current, University of Toronto; scheduled completion 2016.

Dissertation title: An Archeology of Cryptography: Rewriting Plaintext, Encryption, and Ciphertext.

Rutgers Digital Studies Fellow (2016-2017)
Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information (2015)
SSHRC Doctoral Fellow (2012-14)
Enhanced MITACS Accelerate PhD Fellow (2011-12)
Ontario Graduate Scholarship recipient (2010–11 & 2011–12 & 2012–13 [declined] & 2014–15)
Supervisors: Brian Cantwell Smith and Patrick Keilty

Approaches and interests: Software Studies, Digital Humanities, Philosophy, History of Science and Philosophy, Science and Technology Studies

Master of Arts, Philosophy

2006—2007, University of Toronto

Master of Library and Information Science

2006—2007, University of Western Ontario

Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction)

2002—2005, University of Victoria



2016—2017, Instructor and Fellow: Rutgers University, Digital Studies

2016, Researcher: Decimal Lab, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2015, Instructor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Management, Center for Advanced Management Education, MGMT5004/5104 "User Experience"

2014, Instructor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Management, School of Information, INFO5590 "Information Management Systems"

2014, Instructor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Management, Center for Advanced Management Education, MGMT5004/5104 "User Experience"

2012—2014, Researcher: Geography of Software, University of Toronto (SSHRC funded)

2012—2014, Researcher: Software Preservation, University of Toronto (GRAND Network of Centers of Excellence funded)

2011—2013, Teaching Assistant: University of Toronto, Faculty of Information, INF1002 "Representation, Organization, Classification, Meaning-Making" (x3); INF1300 "Foundations in Library and Information Science"

2007—2010, Researcher & Project Administrator: The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Utilitarianism, Western University

2006, Teaching Assistant: University of Toronto, Department of Philosophy, PHIL205 "Early Medieval Philosophy"; PHIL200 "Ancient Philosophy"

2004—2005, Researcher: Ancient Philosophy, University of Victoria (SSHRC funded)

2003—2004, Researcher: Environmental Studies, University of Victoria (SSHRC funded)


2015, User Experience Researcher & Consultant: Oban Digital (contract)

2012—2013, Archive/Content Development & Management: Global Summitry Project (contract)

2007—2011, Senior Information Specialist: IBM Algorithmics


2016—2017, Digital Studies Fellowship, Rutgers University

2015, Micheal S. Mahoney Travel Award, SIGCIS

2015, Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information, Litwin Books, LLC

2012—2014, SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, University of Toronto

2011—2012, Enhanced MITACS Accelerate PhD Fellowship, Algorithmics and University of Toronto

2006—2007, 2010—2011, 2012—2013 [declined] & 2014—2015, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, University of Western Ontario and University of Toronto (x4)

2009, R&D Core Services Q2 2009 Excellence, Algorithmics

2007—2009 & 2013, Digital Humanities SSHRC Summer Institute Scholarship, University of Victoria (x4)

2006—2007, SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship, University of Toronto

2006—2007, 2010—2014, & 2014—2015, External Funding Award, University of Toronto (x5)

Service & Participation

Professional memberships: 4S, SHOT, SIGCIS, iConference, INKE, HASTAC, CSDH, ACH
Reviewer: boundary 2 online; Journal of Cultural Economy; Techné: Research in Philosophy and Technology; Journal of Peer Production
2014, 2016, Member: Critical Code Studies Working Group
2014, Co-organizer & participant: empyre listserv (monthly theme: "Digital Objects")
2007—2009 & 2013, Participant: Digital Humanities Summer Institute (UVic) | Textual Analysis, A Masterclass; Using SEASR: The Software Environment for the Advancement of Scholarly Research; Issues in Large Project Planning and Management; Versioning & Collation in the Digital Environment
2011—2013, Member and elected President: Doctoral Student Association
2011—2012, Co-organizer: FOSS Brown Bag Series
2007—2010, Volunteer Instructor: Yonge Street Mission