The Internet 1996 World Exposition
A WORLD'S FAIR FOR THE INFORMATION AGE
With the radio and town hall metaphors firmly established, we turned
our attention to world's fairs. It seemed only natural with the
Internet starting to boom to try and stage a truly global event.
A world's fair seemed to be the perfect metaphor, but it took
some work to apply this real-world tradition to a distributed
| A Phone Card in Taiwan|
By the time we were through, the Internet 1996 World Exposition
web site, distributed on 8 servers around the world in a
"public park for the global village," received 5 million
visitors from 130 countries. In-kind contributions from
sponsors included the first DS3 over the Pacific Ocean and 2
terabytes of disk drives.
Throughout the year, a variety of events brought the fair into
the real world. Japan decked the Tokyo's Harujuku District
with banners and parties, Taiwan opened public computers in
100 locations, and the Netherlands brought the fair to street
festivals. At the end of the year, a closing ceremony was
held in Tokyo, where the fair archives were blessed by a Shinto
priest and put in a time capsule.