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Fanning, Shawn Fanning, Shawn (born 1980)

Shawn Fanning created the website Napster in 1999. This was a controversial site that allowed people to people share music files over the Internet, instead of buying CDs. In 2001 the United States' music industry took legal action which forced Napster offline. The site returned as a paid service in 2002.

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.

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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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100 years of automatic switching!
In 1912 the GPO installed Britain's first automatic telephone exchange in Epsom.

Discover the early days of the telephone...