Jean-François Blanchette
GSE&IS 218
300 North Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

Jean-François Blanchette

Associate Professor


  • Associate Professor


  • Ph.D., Science & Technology Studies, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • M.Sc., Computer Science (cryptology), Université de Montréal
  • B.Sc., Computer Science, Université de Montréal

Teaching & Research Interests

  • Dynamics of the computing infrastructure
  • Authenticity of electronic information
  • Materiality and computing
  • Technology, memory, and oblivion
  • Social dimensions of cryptography and information security
  • Digital preservation
  • Privacy and data retention
  • Sociology of mathematics
  • Electronic records and accountability

Select Publications

Blanchette, J.-F., Running on Bare Metal: Materiality and Modularity in the Computing Stacks. Under contract, The University of Chicago Press. 

Yoo, C. S. and Blanchette, J.-F. (eds.) Regulating the Cloud: Policy for Computing Infrastructure, forthcoming 2015, The MIT Press. 

Blanchette, J.-F., “Viewpoint: Computing as if Infrastructure Mattered,” Communications of the ACM, Vol. 55 No. 10, 32-34 (2012).

Blanchette, J.-F., Burdens of Proof: Cryptographic Culture and Evidence Law in the Age of Electronic Documents. 2012, The MIT Press. 

Blanchette, J.-F., “A Material History of Bits,” Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 62 no. 6 (2011): 1042-1057.

Blanchette, J.-F., “The Noise in the Archive: Oblivion in the Age of Total Recall,” in Privacy and Data Protection : An Element of Choice. (Serge Gutwirth, Yves Poullet, Paul De Hert, and Ronald Leenes, Eds.), pp. 25-38. Springer, 2011.

Blanchette, J.-F. and Jonhson, D., “Data Retention and the Panoptic Society: The Social Benefits of Forgetfulness,” The Information Society, 18, no. 1 (2002): 1-13.