Story: Digital media and the internet

Nat Torkington and Tim Berners-Lee

Nat Torkington and Tim Berners-Lee

Here is an exchange in April 1993 between Tim Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web (here referred to as W3), and Nat Torkington, who was at that time a student at Victoria University of Wellington. The two were discussing the problem of the storeage required for W3. They explored the possibility of piggy-backing off the work done by Michael Hart, who had founded Project Gutenberg at Illinois in 1971. Project Gutenberg set out to digitise books and and distribute them electronically. In addition to being part of the international discussions about the birth of the web, Torkington was also the first person to launch a website in New Zealand.

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Russell Brown, 'Digital media and the internet - The early days of the internet, 1990s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Russell Brown, published 22 Oct 2014