We are excited to announce that the UCLA Department of History will offer a full course on the history of the Internet, from June 25th to August 3rd this summer. That’s HIST180A, tentatively entitled Introduction to Internet History: 1960 to the present. For UCLA students, registration isn’t opened yet, but you can find it here.
This course will not be comprehensive guide to “the” history of the Internet, because there is no fixed definition of what the Internet is, technologically, socially, or otherwise.
Instead, this course will be a series of case studies that include both substantive history (i.e. the historical facts/variables/contexts that we can observe) and historiography (i.e. the models and analytical strategies we employ to understand the data).
We’ll post updates here as the course draws closer.