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The information society


Internet Society (1992) : keeping peace across the Internet

The Internet Society is the organisation that ensures cooperation and coordination across the world over the technologies and applications of the Internet.

It was conceived in June 1991 at an international conference on networking in Copenhagen and was developed by a world-wide cross-section of individuals and companies.

The aim was to establish a body to control and regulate the evolution of the Internet and prevent conflicting technologies from damaging its progress. This would allow the network to be used across the world without any changes in technology from one country to another. These principles lead to the formation of the society in 1992.

Today its focus is to maintain and develop the Internet so that organisations and individuals can work, play and share ideas that feed their common interests world-wide.

New technology enthusiast : David Stonier

David Stonier, is a 71 year old retired chemist who grew up grew up in Stockport, Cheshire,

He first had a phone installed when his job moved further away from home in the 1970s.

Since then he has adopted new technology as it has arrived and looks at the advantages of e-mail and how everyone can use it without really knowing how it works.

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I think with modern technology I don't really believe that the people have to understand how it works to be able to use it. If you are using computers and therefore you're going to use e-mail there are advantages in knowing how they work, but with normal communications like the telephones using text messaging and so on, how it does it is almost immaterial. It's an easy way of keeping in touch with people who are a long way away. It's cheaper than the telephone and quite often it's easier to get send somebody what is effectively a written message. You can't always get hold of someone directly but at least if you send them an e-mail you know sooner or later they're going to get the message.

fun and games

Can you beat our games? Explode equipment to see what's inside, hear the changing sounds of telecommunications, see how telecommunications designs have changed over time or send an e-postacard.

what's on

The UK's first permanent gallery dedicated to the history of information and communication technologies opens in the new Information Age gallery at London’s Science Museum.

audio history

Take a trip down memory lane with extracts of the interviews which have been recorded as part of the Connected Earth oral history programme.

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