Today’s internet is not the utopia that the technology-builders promised. With disinformation campaigns, hate groups, bullying, advertisements, and corporate and government surveillance, it’s hard to feel optimistic about life online. These problems are not incidental to today’s platforms– they grow out of structures and assumptions that are built into the foundations of these systems. This episode introduces a series of episodes about the history of the elements that make up the social web. By looking at the underlying political philosophies, struggles and comprises between competing visions, and paths not taken, we can better understand the origin of the problems and imagine new kinds of solutions. References Read the episode script here. Music is from Broke for Free. Read Mark Zuckerburg’s 2012 Initial Public Offering Letter (here). Find his 2017 “Building Global Community” letter (here).