2019 is a big year for digital anniversaries. This year, the World Wide Web turns 30 and the internet itself reaches 50. To mark these milestones, Nesta and the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative have released an online repository of essays, artwork, poetry and stories all about the internet and its impact on our lives.
Throughout this "vision book" of curated content, various contributors explore the history, current status and potential future of the internet. For example, contributing author Hussein Kesvani’s article captures a brief history of the internet from basic data exchange, via MSN, to more recent events including Cambridge Analytica, and concerns over who has access to our data – big tech companies and governments for example – and how they use it.
Finding Ctrl acknowledges the problematic social implications and power structures at the heart of the internet age, observing:
However, the collection remains hopeful about the potential future of internet technology, encouraging readers to help steer things in a more positive direction.