Quinn DuPont

Curriculum Vitae


Quinn DuPont studies the intersections of code, new media, philosophy, and history, with particular attention to the role of cryptography in contemporary life. Using the approaches and methodologies of critical code studies, software studies, digital humanities, and new media studies, Quinn has published on a wide range of issues, including e-poetry, cryptocurrencies, retrocomputing, theories of reading and writing, and Edward Snowden. University of Toronto, Canada


, & . (2014). Ordering Space: Alternative Views of ICT and Geography. Under review.

(2014). Kryptographie für alle: Zur Snowden-Lektion über technologische Emanzipation im Überwachungsstaat. Berliner Gazette. July 1, 2014. Retrieved from http://berlinergazette.de/kryptographie-post-snowden. [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 http://peerproduction.net/issues/issue-4-value-and-currency/peer-reviewed-articles/the-politics-of-cryptography-bitcoin-and-the-ordering-machines. [Quantified peer-review: 9/10].

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

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

, & . (2013). Retrocomputing as Preservation and Remix. Library Hi-Tech. 31(2), 355 - 370. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/07378831311329103.


DuPont, Q. (2014). A Rational Economy? From Bitcoin to Ubiquitous Cryptography. Information Management Public Lecture Series. Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS. [Abstract | Slides, PDF | Video (MP4)] [Invited]

DuPont, Q. (2014). From Order to Control: How Cryptography Functions in Bitcoin. Moneylab: Coining Alternatives. Amsterdam, Netherlands. [Slides, PDF | 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. (2012). William Gibson Book. As It Happens [Radio episode]. Toronto, ON: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved from http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/episode/2012/07/12/the-thursday-edition-37/.

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]


Doctor of Philosophy,* Information Science

2010—current, University of Toronto; PhD Candidate with expected completion in 2015.

Tentative dissertation title: Ordering Code: A History of Cryptography and its Influence on Contemporary Society.

Received SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship (2012-14); Enhanced MITACS Accelerate PhD Fellowship (2011-12); Ontario Graduate Scholarships (2010–11 & 2011–12 & 2012–13 [declined] & 2014–15). Brian Cantwell Smith is advisor.

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

Ancient and medieval theories of the mind, politics, and self. Contemporary philosophy of science, information, and epistemology.

Approaches and interests: Metaphysics, Epistemology, History of Ideas

Master of Library and Information Science

2006—2007, University of Western Ontario

Philosophy of information. Practical study of information architecture, metadata, and library science.

Approaches and interests: Epistemology and Praxis

Bachelor of Arts (Honours with Distinction)

2002—2005, University of Victoria

Medieval Arabic political philosophy. History of epistemology and political philosophy.

Approaches and interests: Anglo-American Philosophy, History of Ideas



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 (SSHRC Insight funded)

2012—2014, Researcher: Software Preservation (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

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

2004—2005, Researcher: Ancient Philosophy (SSHRC CRC funded)

2003—2004, Researcher: Environmental Studies (SSHRC CRC funded)


2012—2013, Digital Librarian & Archivist: Global Summitry Project

2007—2011, Senior Information Specialist: Algorithmics (an IBM company)


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)


2014, Member: Critical Code Studies Working Group

2007—2009 & 2013, Participant: Digital Humanities Summer Institute (UVic)

2011—2013, Member and elected President: Doctoral Student Association

2011—2012, Co-organizer: FOSS Brown Bag Series

2010—2013, Organizer: Various extra-curricular salons, pan-university reading and writing events

2007—2010, Volunteer Instructor: Yonge Street Mission