• The Open University
20 episodes
2009 is the 40th anniversary of the first computer network - the precursor of the internet - and the 20th anniversary of the brilliant idea that led to the creation of the world wide web. What exactly is the internet, and how does it differ from the world wide web? Who were its pioneers, and what technological surprises has it sprung? This album opens with a specially recorded interview with John Naughton, Professor of the Public Understanding of Technology at The Open University and author of 'A brief history of the future - the origins of the internet'. He explores some of the key moments in the short but spectacular history of an extraordinary phenomenon, the people who made them happen, and some of the problems that have emerged. The album also features archive interviews with Tim Berners-Lee, Vint Cerf, Donald Davies and other pioneers of the internet age, recorded in the late 1990s. The album is completed by a newly recorded interview with Rodney Harrison, lecturer in Heritage Studies at The Open University, in which he talks about his research into Second Life: Cyber-Archaeologies, Heritage and Virtual Communities. The interviews are presented by radio journalist Penny Boreham.

Episodes

The Internet at 40
2010 Feb 111m 36s
A short introduction to this album.
Transcript -- The Internet at 40
2010 Feb 11
A short introduction to this album.
A brief history of the future
2009 Apr 2923m 22s
Professor John Naughton of The Open University reveals some of the key players in the history of the internet, and explores some of the surprises it has sprung.
Transcript -- A brief history of the future
2009 Apr 29
Professor John Naughton of The Open University reveals some of the key players in the history of the internet, and explores some of the surprises it has sprung.
Pioneers: Vint Cerf
2009 Apr 299m 42s
Vint Cerf, often known as 'the father of the internet' talks about the early days of internet development and the ten years it took to get from an idea on the back of an envelope to a fully functional system.
Transcript -- Pioneers: Vint Cerf
2009 Apr 29
Vint Cerf, often known as 'the father of the internet' talks about the early days of internet development and the ten years it took to get from an idea on the back of an envelope to a fully functional system.
Pioneers: Donald Davies
2009 Apr 296m 30s
Donald Davies, a British pioneer of the early internet, explain his key contribution to internet technology - chopping data into small packets that could be transmitted across the netwrok and recombined at the other end.
Transcript -- Pioneers: Donald Davies
2009 Apr 29
Donald Davies, a British pioneer of the early internet, explain his key contribution to internet technology - chopping data into small packets that could be transmitted across the netwrok and recombined at the other end.
Pioneers: Tim Berners-Lee
2009 Apr 298m 33s
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, talks about where the idea came from and some of the challenges that had to be met in turning his dream into reality.
Transcript -- Pioneers: Tim Berners-Lee
2009 Apr 29
Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web, talks about where the idea came from and some of the challenges that had to be met in turning his dream into reality.