Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Cyber 24 - 8th February 1996

The internet today is very much taken for granted.  This was not the case on the 8th February 1996 when the Cyber 24 event took place.  The 24 hour project was designed to create a snapshot of one day of internet use, 150 top photojournalists were commissioned to record events and submit articles.  The event was billed as "the largest one-day online event."

Al Gore, who was at that time the Vice President of the USA, contributed an introductory essay to the Earthwatch section of the website about the internet its' environmental impact and how daily life had changed because of the world wide web.

The event website,, showcased the images and articles from participants attracted 4 million visitors, which is impressive as many users would have been using a dial up connection.

Photo Credit:
Image: Sujin Jetkasettakorn /

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