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What can History Tell Us About the Future of the Internet?

20 May 2015

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 coffee houses to pneumatic tubes, and assess what history can tell us about the internet’s future.