prehistory in general refers to history before writing; specifically for the indieweb, prehistory refers to writings and concepts before the web itself was created and launched. I.e. articles about the internet, or networks, or distributed/decentralized computing, hypermedia, etc.
- 1969-10-29 The first ARPANET link was established between the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the Stanford Research Institute at 22:30 hours.
- 1964-09 Paul Baran On Distributed Communications: Introduction to Distributed Communication Networks (.pdf) published by RAND; A seminal underpinning document encouraging the design of a more robust communications network using "redundancy" and "digital" technology. First (?) publication to diagram architectures of silos and decentralized networks.
- 1961-05-31 Leonard Kleinrock Information Flow in Large Communication Nets: Proposal for a Ph.D. Thesis (MIT) (.pdf) The document that ultimately launched the internet.
- 1948-07 Claude E. Shannon A Mathematical Theory of Communication (The Bell System Technical Journal) - The underlying document for the digital communication era.