24 Hours in Cyberspace
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24 Hours in Cyberspace (February 8, 1996) was "the largest one-day online event" up to that date, headed by photographer Rick Smolan. "The project brought together the world's top photographers, editors, programmers, and interactive designers to create a digital time capsule of online life."
24 Hours in Cyberspace was an online project which took place on the then-active website, cyber24.com (and is still online at a mirror website maintained by Georgia Tech). At the time, it was billed as the "largest collaborative Internet event ever", involving thousands of photographers from all over the world, including 150 of the world's top photojournalists. Then Second Lady Tipper Gore was one of its photographers. In addition, then Vice President Al Gore contributed the introductory essay to the Earthwatch section of the website. In this essay, he discusses the impact of the Internet on the environment, education, and increased communication between people.
The goal was not to show pictures of websites and computer monitors, but rather images of people whose lives were affected by the use of the growing Internet. Photographs were sent digitally to editors working real-time to choose the best pictures to put on the project's website. The website received more than 4 million hits in the 24 hours that the project was active.
The project reportedly cost as much as $5 million, and was funded with assistance from 50 companies, mostly in the form of loans of computer hardware and technology experts. Adobe Systems, Sun Microsystems and Kodak were listed as major supporters.
A companion book was published in 1996. It contains two hundred photographs from the over 200,000 which were taken on that day. It also contains a CD with the full contents of the original website.
A photographic exhibition was unveiled at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History on 23 January 1997, featuring 70 photos from the project. It was introduced by then Vice President Al Gore  who was also given a copy of the book and CD.
- Smolan, Rick and Jennifer Erwitt. 24 Hours in Cyberspace:Photographed on one day by 150 of the world's leading photojournalists. Que Macmillan Publishing, 1996.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "24 Hours in Cyberspace" (and more)
- ↑ Mirror of Official site map
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Mirror of Official Site
- ↑ "24 Hours in Cyberspace" exhibit grand opening to feature Enhanced CU-SeeMe - Vice President Al Gore expected to attend.
- ↑ "24 Hours in Cyberspace", February 6, 1996
- ↑ Picture This:Tipper Gore, Photojournalist
- ↑ Earthwatch: 24 Hours in Cyberspace
- ↑ Vice President Al Gore's introduction to Earthwatch: 24 Hours In Cyberspace
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 "Inside the Ultimate Web Site", BYTE, May 1996
- ↑ In the Media
- ↑ Sponsors
- ↑ Review of Internet Books: 24 Hours in Cyberspace
- ↑ "24 Hours in Cyberspace", October 1996
- ↑ The human face of cyberspace, painted in random images
- ↑ 24 Hours in Cyberspace: Smithsonian
- ↑ Cisco Systems And HP Sponsor Smithsonian Exhibit
- Mirror of Official site map
- Mirror of Official Site
- Life in Cyberspace—Way Back When -American Heritage
- "Casting a Web on the World" - Washington Post
- Interview about 24 Hours in Cyberspace