Land of the Free Dotcom

Date: 6/6/18
The Internet went mainstream at a transformative moment in time. On the global stage, the Berlin Wall had fallen and the Soviet Union disintegrated, signaling a victory for America and its ideals. Within this context, the commercial web took off, championed by Silicon Valley as a technology of open democracy and free market capitalism. MORE

Fred Turner, Kevin Kelly, Lou Montulli, Rosanne Siino, Tim Wu


The Triple Fence

Date: 5/30/18
Most privacy rules in America were written in the 1970s, when concerns about privacy were at or near the level they are today. Nixon’s secret wiretapping was certainly part of it, but so were a number of post-Watergate congressional hearings that exposed wire tapping by agencies like the FBI, the CIA, and the NSA. In this unsettled context, an important technological breakthrough emerged: the modern field of cryptography. MORE

Michal Kosinski, Whit Diffie, Marty Hellman, Henry Corrigan-Gibbs


The Looking Glass

Date: 5/23/18
Phones, computers, tablets, and televisions: screens are everywhere. And while complaining about excessive screen time may seem cliche, there is something unnatural about its place in our lives. Are the fears of screen overload overblown? Is digital addiction really a thing? And how did we get here anyway?MORE

Leslie Berlin, John Markoff, Howard Rheingold

Drop City

Date: 5/16/18
For those of us who did not experience the rebelliousness of the 1960s, there’s a nagging feeling that perhaps we missed out on one of the most charged decades in American history. The 60s generation reshaped society in fundamental ways, sparking-- a grand rethinking of American democracy.. It wasn’t just a battle between the Left and the Right. In the 1960s, the challenge to the establishment was so deep and wide, that everything was up for debate. This energy gave birth to many things, including the commune movement – and it was this moment in history when the ideology of modern-day Silicon Valley was formed.MORE

Fred Turner, John Markoff, Kevin Kelly

Valley of Heart's Delight

Date: 5/9/18
There’s a good reason you won’t see open air tour buses cruising through Silicon Valley: There is nothing to see. Apple’s new $15 billion “spaceship” headquarters may change all that, but for now, Silicon Valley boasts no real heart, no heroic statues, no iconic signs on a hill. MORE

Daniel Swain, Steve Blank, Margaret O’Mara, Leslie Berlin.

Monument to a Dead Child

Date: 5/2/18


Where does the Silicon Valley story actually begin? That was one of our first questions when we started developing the “Origins of Silicon Valley” podcast series. Turns out, we didn’t have to look very far.MORE

Richard White, DJ Dull-McKensie, Laura Jones