Greg Downey is a US-based historian and geographer of technology, employed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison since 2001 in two College of Letters & Science departments at once: Journalism & Mass Communication and Library & Information Studies. His area of research and teaching is the history and geography of information & communication technology, especially the often hidden labor behind such technology. Downey is the author of two books: Telegraph messenger boys: Labor, technology, and geography, 1859-1950 (Routledge, 2002); and Closed captioning: Subtitling, stenography, and the digital convergence of text with television (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008). He is also the co-editor (with Dutch social historian Aad Blok) of Uncovering labour in information revolutions, 1750-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2004).
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