What can history tell us about the future of the internet? | University of Oxford

What can history tell us about the future of the internet?

Tom Standage
17:00 - 18:30
Oxford Internet Institute
1 St Giles
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3JS
Lectures and seminars
Free
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The internet is not the first example of a world-wide communications network; nor are today's online social-media platforms the first media-sharing ecosystems. In this event Tom Standage, a journalist and author who has written books about both the history of the telegraph ("The Victorian Internet") and the 2,000-year history of social media ("Writing on the Wall"), will explain why he takes a particular interest in the antecedents of the internet, from papyrus scrolls to coffeehouses to pneumatic tubes, and assess what history can tell us about the internet's future.

This event will be followed by a short drinks reception.