Where did the internet come from? Who gets left out of dominant stories about its origins? And what can history teach us about how to make the internet better?
Season One: The Internet
Hosted by: Annie Galvin
Where did the internet come from? And how might we work to fix its flaws? In this five-part series, we’ll cover how the internet was built, whose interests it was built to serve, and what it is doing to individuals, societies, and cultures.
What exactly are we doing when we’re spending time online? Who profits from our presence there?
What kind of social space are we inhabiting when we’re online? How do practices like data collection, data brokering, and surveillance underwrite the “free” services we enjoy?
What new cultural forms are developing in the vast universe of the internet? How can observers and scholars keep up with the accelerated pace of human creativity online?
What we can learn from Silicon Valley’s history as we envision more just technologies for the future?
A resource for teaching and discussing the internet, including a reading list, podcast, and discussion questions.