The Early Internet Memories project explores personal and public archives that contain web materials made by young people throughout 1994-2005 through qualitative, online semi-structured interviews.

It is part of Katie’s dissertation research and a sub-project of the SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant “The eQuality Project” (2015-2022), which looks at privacy and equity online with the goal of informing digital economy policies and debates.

The “Early Internet Memories” project asks young adults (23-38) about their earliest memories of being on the internet to explore themes in personal experiences of web history and digital privacy.

The goal of this research is to contribute oral histories of the web, as it is remembered by people who were young when they were first experiencing being “online”. It also reveals how relationships with digital technology have developed alongside the evolution of networked spaces and technologies, and explores the role of regulations and restrictions at home or at school might have played as remembered by the young people it was affecting.