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A much buzzed-about event at last year’s Internet Week Europe, Digital Archaeology is now making its US debut at Internet Week New York. Archiving some the most significant websites in history on the machines and adjacent technologies of their respective years, the project makes an interactive museum of our recent past.
In 1991, WorldWideWeb co-inventor Tim Berners-Lee rolled out the first ever website. It was called, simply, “Project.” Flash forward to today and you’ve got more than two billion people going online every single day. It’s difficult to recall the early days of the Internet, but in the world’s first digital dig, we’ve uncovered some of the first and most influential websites that started it all. Now you have the chance to experience them just like we did in the past, using the old-school hardware and software that was available when each vintage site first launched.
It’s a fascinating trip back in online time, where we can discover the roots of our current post-advertising age. This technological revolution set the ball rolling in terms of how we talk, share, interact, and, yes — advertise — today.
Digital Archaeology was first introduced in London by the deputy managing director of Story’s UK office, Jim Boulton. Now we’ve partnered with Google and expanded the display with 16 additional sites including 10 that were founded in the US.
Join us as we investigate and celebrate the history of the internet and digital technology June 6th through Saturday, June 9th, at Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. For just $25 (or $15 if you tweet about it), you’ll have full access to Internet Week’s headquarters and can discover the fascinating facts of our digital past.