• COMMENT 2022-09-24 BY cyberlabs

    The first Internet history workshop “The Latest History, the Farthest Future”

    will be held on 24-25 September, HangZhou, Zhejiang
    Annual Meeting of World Internet History 2022


    The development and spread of the Internet have been deeply integrated into the daily lives, cultures, and societies of people around the world. It is necessary to learn more about the Internet to make a better world. Understanding the innovations and changes involved in the evolution of the Internet from technological, social, scientific, political, and economic, is prompting the history of the Internet to become an interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary emerging field is a good way to go.

    The Internet, born in 1969, has entered a historic turning point. Several important collections of essays, special issues of journals, scholarly papers, and monographs have been published, marking significant progress in the discipline of Internet history. At the same time, the growing number of digital resources, Internet history websites, and databases marked progress in the field of Internet history studies. However, in general, apart from the history of the Internet industry and business, the truly in-depth research on the history of Internet technologies, ideas, social changes, and global history remains relatively barren, which greatly affects our understanding and judgment of the current situation and future trends of the Internet. The in-depth study of the history of the Internet and the construction of an academic community have become a matter of urgency.

    The Internet and digital technology will continue to play an increasingly important role in the future, but due to the lag in digital governance and digital legislation, the Internet and digital technology have produced different degrees of negative impacts and deviations in the process of social application, causing a certain degree of shock to social progress. There are also problems in cyberspace such as over-reliance of government digital governance on the convenience of governance brought by digital technology, excessive pursuit of commercial interests by Internet enterprises in social applications, as well as digital legislation, digital security, digital civilization, digital divide, and digital barriers, etc. There is an urgent to look back at the way we came, revisit the original intention, stand at the height of the community of destiny of human cyberspace and the construction of digital civilization to study the law of Internet development in depth and thoroughly, and summarize the painful lessons that have occurred in infrastructure construction, R&D, and social applications., Remembering the original intention and mission, let the Internet back on the right track of the road for the benefit of mankind.

    "we observe the present through the rear-view mirror, we walk back towards the future". Standing in the "present" node of Internet development, sorting out and analyzing its development, looking at the past and present through the "rear-view mirror", exploring those laws and trends that have sustained influence in the profound changes of Internet development, it is important to know the past and guide the present.

    The workshop will be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, on the 24th and 25th before the opening of the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen. The annual conference will bring together representative Internet pioneers from Europe, America, Asia, Africa, and Latin America, important experts in Internet history research, and interdisciplinary experts and scholars in Internet history research to deliver keynote speeches, publish research results, share research experiences, and work together to build a globally linked Internet history academic community.

    The outstanding papers and speeches delivered at the annual conference will be published and recommended to partner academic journals.


    September 24-25, 2022


    Wuzhen, Zhejiang Province


    College of Media and International Culture, Zhejiang University

    Public Diplomacy and Strategic Communication Research Center, Zhejiang University


    Digital Civilization Research Center, Tsinghua Yangtze River Delta Research Institute

    Consortium of Internet and Society,Communication University of Zhejiang)


    Research Committee on the History of Internet Communication, Chinese Association for the History of Journalism and Communication

    Draft agenda:


    Keynote Speakers (tentative):      


      Kilnam Chon Pierre Dandjinou Ronda Hauben Jay Hauben

     John Markoff Marc Weber  Hakon Wium LieBen Segal

    Xing Li
    Charles Zhang  Qiheng Hu  Hualin Qian


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