History of Communications and the Internet

Computers collect, generate, and store data. Data communications, broadly conceived, have shaped the development and experience of computing. Histories of the telegraph, telephone and television are relevant to the history of computing; indeed some see computing has a part of the wider story of data and information. In the Collection we look at the transfer of data primarily between computers and peripherals and between computers.

The Internet is a global infrastructure for data communication, typically, the transfer of files. Through the development of the World Wide Web, and accompanying networking facilities, the Internet has enabled a virtual representation of professional, civic, commercial, social and personal life. The Collection is interested in recording and charting social aspects of the Internet. For example, it has materials relating to hacking, such as the journal 2600.