The Counterculture effect within the history of internet.

free speechThe development of networking has brought many changes about in the 70 years of cyberspace, since 1942 when COLOSSUS was first computer to be invented. It occupied a whole room and its main purpose was to break German military codes.  Nevertheless, one of its most distinctive consequences was the counterculture movement that originated in 1970s.

  The hippy “sub-culture” was born in San Francisco and aimed to transform the individualistic self-realization of society into a radical sub-culture where the power went directly to the people. These “activists” were looking forward to connecting their ideas through scientific ideas, using the Internet as a tool to change the world and make it more accessible to humanity. They applied the internet to educational systems, and created spaces where people could interact and communicate freely about daily political, economical and cultural issues. It was in 1985 when “ Well” broke into everyone lives; a revolutionary teleconferencing system invented by Stewart Brand and Larry Brilliant, which allowed subscribers to dial up a small device and type messages to one another in real-time conversations.

The greatest effect of this movement was on the freedom of communication and information. If I see it  as a first step to”cyber freedom of speech”, a much-used  term nowadays due to the controversies generated by Charlie Hedbo in France, and taking the example of copyright issues, are we maintaining the core point of this revolutionary period or just treating it as a simple adjustment to democracy?

A recommendable documentary about the revolution in Internet could be seen at the following link.