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This Podcast is intended to be an interesting starting point, to stimulate students into further research and discussion on the theme of the history of the Internet and its development.

It is comprised of the 10 themed tracks below, each about three minutes long. The track transcript is visible when playing and also as a link under each theme, as are the associated sources. Tracks can be downloaded by right clicking "Download" and selecting "save target as".

1. Genesis - the birth of the Internet

2. Early days - the Internet before the World Wide Web

3. Welcome to the web - the development of www as we know it

4. Searching - the first search engines

5. Banking and buying - the rise and rise of e-commerce and related security issues

6. Internet everywhere - Broadband, WiFi and mobile devices

7. Play - online games

8. Community - social networks

9. Sound and vision - convergence, online music, iPods and YouTube

10. What next? - become a futurologist and predict what's in store for communications

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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