Internet alley: high technology in Tysons Corner, 1945-2005

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Much of the world's Internet management and governance takes place in a corridorextending west from Washington, DC, through northern Virginia toward Washington Dulles InternationalAirport. Much of the United States' military planning and analysis takes place here as well. At thecenter of that corridor is Tysons Corner--an unincorporated suburban crossroads once dominated bydairy farms and gravel pits. Today, the government contractors and high- tech firms--companies likeDynCorp, CACI, Verisign, and SAIC--that now populate this corridor have created an "InternetAlley" off the Washington Beltway. In From Tysons Corner to Internet Alley, Paul Ceruzziexamines this compact area of intense commercial development and describes its transformation intoone of the most dynamic and prosperous regions in the country. Ceruzzi explains how a concentrationof military contractors carrying out weapons analysis, systems engineering, operations research, andtelecommunications combined with suburban growth patterns to drive the region's development. Thedot-com bubble's burst was offset here, he points out, by the government's growing nationalsecurity-related need for information technology. Ceruzzi looks in detail at the nature of the workcarried out by these government contractors and how it can be considered truly innovative in termsof both technology and management. Today in Tysons Corner, clusters of sleek new office buildingshousing high-technology companies stand out against the suburban landscape, and the upscale TysonsGalleria Mall is neighbor to a government-owned radio tower marked by a sign warning visitors not tophotograph or sketch it. Ceruzzi finds that a variety of perennially relevant issues intersect here,making it both a literal and figurative crossroads: federal support of scientific research, theshift of government activities to private contractors, local politics of land use, and the postwarmovement from central cities to suburbs. Paul E. Ceruzzi is Curator of the National Air and SpaceMuseum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. He is the author of A History of Modern Computing(second edition, MIT Press, 2003) and other books, and coeditor of The Internet and AmericanBusiness (MIT Press, 2008).

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