The Story of an Impossibly Early Online Community


Brian Dear

PLATO History Project

It's 1974. In front of you is a PLATO terminal, with 512x512 graphics, a touch-sensitive screen, and multimedia support. You sign on into an online world of chat rooms, instant messaging, multiplayer games, online forums, email, screen sharing, a crowdsourced online newspaper, and more apps appearing daily. A thriving online community, that in 2017 is almost entirely unknown. Until now.

Primary Access: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Book reading
Event Type: Session
Track: Workplace
Level: Beginner