1) What do you first remember most fondly about using the internet?:

Chatting with girls on AIM and exploring strange spaces. The internet always felt sort of taboo, I lived in a pretty strict household, so it was always a place where I could escape that.

2) What do you think has changed the most since your early years on the web?:

I think if I were to have kept track of the total number of different websites I visited per year in 2005 versus now, the difference would be staggering. We are siloed into like 3 content aggregators competing for our attention. The web simultaneously feels sanitised and hostile in all the
wrong ways. Whereas it used to feel kind of punk for a kid growing up in a strict family…its now the suburban shopping mall I used to throw bananas at ( true story ).

3) How do you use the internet and what do you mostly use it for?:

News, computer programming, and shitty self promotion. I perform for twitter. It’s not me, it’s
how I get work.

4) What is your biggest concern about the internet and/or the future of the web?:

Every action anyone takes on the network is labor that produces value for someone else. This much is obvious…your behaviour online is the raw material for decision making systems to become more efficient in order to ultimately make other people money. This has created a feedback loop that is exacerbating the worst instincts of society…with the result being that the nature of work, the way we treat the environment, the way we treat each other… have all been reoriented towards apocalyptic efficiency. My biggest concern isn’t about the future of the web… its about
the future the web has created.

5) What would you change about the way we use the internet or how it is controlled now?:

I am reading a book where the internet just disappears. I’m not ready for apocalypse, I’d be the
first to be eaten.

I was going to write an answer about p2p and the hope of building our own networks for our own communities…but now I’m thinking…what if we just made the internet we have less efficient. A slow, clunky thing that is fully at odds with “move fast and break things”. What would that do?

6) Link your favourite website (This could be a link to a site that you love now or simply a site that
you loved from your internet childhood):

This is the only website that should exist: http://slowhotcomputer.com/

Username/Name: Dhruv Mehrotra

1) What do you first remember most fondly about using the internet?:

I remember being allowed to play y8 games on my mother’s PC when I was around 7, it was very exciting, but I wasn’t really aware of the fact that it was the internet, I did not know what it implied or contained. As I got older, I explored more things on the internet like funny videos on youtube or being able to search GTA cheats on google.

2) What do you think has changed the most since your early years on the web?:

I think the internet has become accessible and possible for more people. The internet has changed a lot over the last years, the internet contains much more information and data than it did. Also, people have become more used to using the internet. These things have unfortunately also made it possible for people wanting to earn money to manipulate and affect users of the internet in commercial and sly ways.

3) How do you use the internet and what do you mostly use it for?:

I am an average internet user. I write and read messages, watch movies, make schoolwork, play games, read about different topics, buy things, sell thing, watch porn and upload music. But really, you could call all that some kind of communication. Between common people or between a company and potential buyers. I mostly communicate on the internet.

4) What is your biggest concern about the internet and/or the future of the web?:

My biggest concern is that the technology of the internet will evolve to an extend where it becomes either too hard to control, too easy to take advantage with, or too humanlike. These things would make it more powerful than human, not necessarily on its own, but in the wrong hands.

5) What would you change about the way we use the internet or how it is controlled now?:

I think the internet should be more non-biased. There is too much content based on recent activity, and that makes people too aliened or homogenic. It harms the ability to discover new things, exchange opinions, be surprised and evolve both socially, intellectually and aesthetically. Also, I think that these tendencies are caused by the money people, they make it too easy to repeat habits like seeing the same kind of series, listening to the same music, buying the same clothes or even following the same type of people on Instagram.

6) Link your favourite website (This could be a link to a site that you love now or simply a site that you loved from your internet childhood):

Youtube.com - so much content to educate, inspire and inform
https://sahelsounds.bandcamp.com - good music
https://filmcentralen.dk - danish online library for movies
https://www.viking.virkelighed.dk/vaaben.htm - funny and inspiring

sorry for not choosing one website only

Username/Name: hexemanden

1) What do you first remember most fondly about using the internet?:

Probably Runescape or MSN, a new way to be 'social' and have pen pals as such without knowing them.

2) What do you think has changed the most since your early years on the web?:

It's now more all consuming, and is less of a choice and more of a necessity in our culture/society. To use it is much more integrated into us, and how we experience the world. All the answers are already there for us, so we can no longer allow ourselves to be wrong.

3) How do you use the internet and what do you mostly use it for?:

Organising (exhibitions, writing work etc.), looking at bikes. I do use it for things like Instagram too, but I'd say this is more out of habit than a choice.

4) What is your biggest concern about the internet and/or the future of the web?:

How integral it is to life, and how I spend so much time on it without actually spending time on it, ie. Developing or doing things, just allowing it to filter away.

5) What would you change about the way we use the internet or how it is controlled now?:

I never think of computer/screen time as 'quality' or down time, instead as a necessary thing to be doing at that given moment, so l don't particularly get to enjoy the websites I like, so a way of forcing me to spend less time on it so that it was more like an encyclopedia or dictionary - it didn't get used apart from when you need it or want it and make more effort to look into it.

6) Link your favourite website (This could be a link to a site that you love now or simply a site that you loved from your internet childhood):

Bikepacking.com

Username/Name: Wes Foster

1) What do you first remember most fondly about using the internet?:

My first memory of the internet is my Mum showing me that music video where they’re dancing on treadmills. (OK Go - Here It Goes Again)

2) What do you think has changed the most since your early years on the web?:

That it’s know longer considered a nerdy hobby for caricatured dweebs in American films. Now if someone says they know how to code its not assumed that they’re also social rejects.

Think about Internet dating, it's no longer considered for lonely weirdos, but everyone uses it and it's really normal.

3) How do you use the internet and what do you mostly use it for?:

Reading newspapers and magazine. Can’t afford to buy them properly but I sneak free trials and other peoples memberships all the time.

4) What is your biggest concern about the internet and/or the future of the web?:

The fact that there are loads of websites that look like legitimate media sites but actually any random fuck-head can write on them and there’s no one there to point out its an insane conspiracy theory.

5) What would you change about the way we use the internet or how it is controlled now?:

Almost anyone who says they need twitter for work is lying unless they’re actually trying to start the Arab Spring or lives in China. So I would make everyone who wants a social media account to have to apply like they’re trying to get one of those blue plaques on a building. Only really interesting people with jobs that actually need it are allowed one.

6) Link your favourite website (This could be a link to a site that you love now or simply a site that you loved from your internet childhood):

It’s a boring answer but
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

Username/Name: Joe Preston

1) What do you first remember most fondly about using the internet?:

Growing up, playing games on websites like MiniClip and Runescape. I vividly remember seeing the first ever YouTube video in my high school IT class, the one at the zoo. I looked forward to those classes in the IT building, because there were so many students crammed in, you could just mess around on the internet of you found the best spot.

2) What do you think has changed the most since your early years on the web?:

I think I know more about the internet now, which can be a double edged sword. Sometimes, the more you know, the less you wish you knew. Also the speed, I remember painfully loading things up with dialup internet. Now everything is pretty fast, especially in my birth country South Korea (I believe they have the fastest in the world?).

3) How do you use the internet and what do you mostly use it for?:

The main reason I use the internet is for information and communication. Communication between friend and I, as well as with strangers around the world. This is something, until relatively recently, that would take weeks or months, to the mere seconds it takes now. It's quite magical when you think about it.

4) What is your biggest concern about the internet and/or the future of the web?:

The UK government has tried passing laws to enforce censorship, several times under different names. This is disconcerting, one only has to look to China to see how this can end up - the country with the biggest population in the world has its most important source of information controlled by the state. In conjunction with this is the mass spread of false information, as a tool to divide and misdirect people, á la propaganda. Bombard people with so much information that it becomes nigh impossible to sift through the trolls and the lies to be able to actually find the truth, which is hidden beneath it all.

5) What would you change about the way we use the internet or how it is controlled now?:

In all honesty, I'm not sure. I know censorship is important, nothing should be censored in my opinion. But how do you stop powerful states using the internet to spread false information, as well as to subvert foreign politics to support their own goals? I don't know.

6)Link your favourite website (This could be a link to a site that you love now or simply a site that you loved from your internet childhood):

Reddit (although it as its own share of problems!)

Username/Name: Chan-yang Kim
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