An Early Future of the Internet

Author(s): Schröter, Jens

The essay on "early Internet futures" reconstructs an episode from the early history of what later would be called "the Internet". It shows which socio-technical imaginations in the early developments at the (D)ARPA Information Processing Techniques Office existed. Two of the most influential ideas will be focused: Firstly, J.C.R. Lickliders early concept of an "intergalactic network" which evolved into, secondly, into his (and Robert Taylor's) famous paper on the computer as a communication device. This shows how new technological developments are connected to socio-technical imaginaries from the very beginning.

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Schröter, Jens: An Early Future of the Internet. In: Navigationen - Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften, Jg. 23 (2023), Nr. 2, S. 80-92. DOI:
 author = {Schröter, Jens},
 title = {An Early Future of the Internet},
 year = 2023,
 doi = "\url{}",
 volume = 23,
 address = {Siegen},
 journal = {Navigationen - Zeitschrift für Medien- und Kulturwissenschaften},
 number = 2,
 pages = {80--92},
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