Our project is to create a series of documentary videos about the
history of the internet during the period from 1965 to 1995, the latter
date being roughly when the world-wide-web began to flower.
Our emphasis is on people and ideas rather than on technology.
Most of the material will be from primary sources – from people who were there.
The series is divided into roughly 35 chapters each with several video
We anticipate approximately 200 episodes,
each five to seven minutes in length.
The History of the Internet Project is created by Karl Auerbach and Chris Wellens.
Both have been active in the network community for a very long time and both have added technical
bricks of their own to what is the internet of today.
The project is produced and sponsored by
InterWorking Labs, Inc., a company that has been testing internet
protocols since 1995.
page for more details.
Our hope is to perform on-camera interviews of many of the people who
participated in the development of the internet.
Our list is already long and
we have already found that each person we meet tells us about two others – we expect
that over the course of this project that we will be interviewing hundreds of people.
We are at the start of a long project and we are not professional makers
of documentaries. We will learn. For this reason our first releases
will be some of the more lightweight topics, most particularly some of the early
experiments with internet based entertainment.
However, we will be gathering materials and performing interviews as
opportunities for these present themselves – We know that we are in a race with time.
We welcome suggestions and pointers. And we would especially appreciate
visual materials that we can weave into the story.
Of course, in this copyright-protective era we need to take care to honor the rights of
the owners of those materials.
Initial funding for this project comes from InterWorking Labs (http://iwl.com/).
Episodes will be released as they are produced; the order of release will not necessarily follow
historical chronological sequence.
A large part of our materials, including the raw takes, will be made available under a
Creative Commons license. We are as much interested in creating an
archive for future historians as we are in telling our own view of the story.
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For details and commentary go to our Index & Commentary page.
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