Thursday, 29 June
Platforms such as Facebook predominate the Web, providing private infrastructures for public culture. These systems are so massive that it’s easy to forget the digital world was not always like this. More than two decades before widespread Internet access, millions of people in France were already online, chatting, gaming, buying, selling, searching, and flirting. This explosion of digital culture came via Minitel, a simple video terminal provided for free to anyone with a telephone line. After thirty years in service, Minitel offers an alternative model for the internet’s future: a public platform for private innovation.