Episode 1: Origins of the Internet

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?

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?

 

 

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Episode notes

In our first episode, two leading scholars of internet history delve into the stories you might not have heard about where the technology came from. Yes, DARPA and IBM played formative roles, but what about back-to-the-land hippies in the 1960s, or a sprawling network of African American engineers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts who helped develop and popularize the web? And how did major decisions about the early internet’s design and usage lead to some of its problems today?

 

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Further reading

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This episode was produced by Annie Galvin and Jess Engebretson and is licensed under a Creative Commons-Attribution License (CC-BY 4.0). icon