Imagining the Internet


his section of Imagining the Internet,
the Early 1990s Predictions Database, includes a
revealing slice of history reflected in various
informative data sets and in the carefully recorded
words of an eclectic group of internet pioneers.

The highlight here is the
searchable and browseable selection of predictive
remarks made between 1990 and 1995 about the future of
networked communications. The early 1990s Predictions
Database contains more than 4,200 statements made
by 1,000 different voices of the time, from
well-connected stakeholders to common netizens. They
tell about their hopes and fears, their concerns and
conflicts. It is the story of the people who supported
or opposed a networked world, and they tell it in their
own words.

To do a specific search
of the database,

or on the ’90s Database
Search link in the left-hand column of this

To browse through some small,
themed collections of predictions entries from the
’90s predictions section of the site, follow
these links:
Brief, Biting Predictions
Edgy-Incisive Predictions
Info Highway Predictions.

In addition, the Early 1990s
section includes:

Acronyms of the
From AAT to OOPS to RFC to WYSIWYG to
ZDS, the letters all meant something to technology

Biographies of 200 fascinating internet people of the
folks, listed from A to Z, or Aboba to Zisman.

Synonyms of the ’90s
There were many names for the
internet, including “information

Database Details
explanation of how the Early 1990s predictions were
gathered and an explanation of methodology.

Database Search Fields

A detailed explanation of exactly how the 1990s
predictions were found and sorted.

Prediction Categories

A grid showing the topics and subtopics for predictions
as they are classified for the site.

Prediction Cues
many ways are there to say “I predict”? The
most common cue is the word “will” and
its derivations.

Early Internet History

A quick look at the earliest stages of development of
the internet, from the ’60s to the ’90s.


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