Project Gutenberg’s CEO and Founder together in Illinois

by Michael Cook on March 21, 2010
PG News

PG CEO & Founder

PG founder Michael Hart and PGLAF CEO Greg Newby will be on the panel for the upcoming symposium, Fifty Years of Public Computing at the University of Illinois, held on the University of Illinois campus. The registration is free but there are limited spaces so if you want to see both Michael and Greg then you’ll need to register quickly.

Thursday April 15 from 1:30-3pm
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
601 S Lincoln Ave, Urbana, IL 61801

Participants will discuss the meaning and legacy of ten Illinois projects that shaped public computing, beginning with PLATO in 1960. The innovative founders of these projects, as well as prominent scholars in the field and early users, will discuss Illinois’ special place in the history of public computing, reflect on current and future projects such as the Urbana-Champaign Big Broadband (UC2B) proposal, and discuss how to extend this culture of innovation into the future.

These Projects Include;

  • PLATO (1960)
  • Project Gutenberg (1971)
  • Urbana Free Library on the Internet (1984))
  • CCNet (1993)
  • Mosaic (1993)
  • PrairieNet (1994)
  • U-C Indymedia Center (1999)
  • C-U Wireless Network (2001)
  • eToysIllinois (2004) and other recent K-12 teaching projects)

The Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Department of Computer Science are working in open collaboration to coordinate this event. Participation and support are welcome!

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