[ by Charles Cameron — history was minted here ]
Today is the fortieth birthday of Plato Notes — the “first permanent, general-purpose online conferencing system”, brainchild of my online friend David Woolley.
You can read Brian Dear‘s PLATO Notes released 40 years ago today for the general story, or David’s own PLATO: The Emergence of Online Community from 1991 — but best of all perhaps would be this video, which will give you a sense of the man as well as the relevant history —
— and historic this truly was.
Happy fortieth, David — and more thanks from so very many of us than I quite know how to express.