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#TBT: Cyber Cafes All the Rage in the 90s

It was a simpler time… 💾

Spread the word for a whole new generation of computer users

Welcome back to Cyberia, London’s first cyber space café. You can sip a cappuccino and surf the Internet joining millions of others heading down the road towards the information superhighway. Customers pay a small amount for time spent online at the café. By making the internet accessible, Cyberia spread the word for a whole new generation of computer users. Eva Pascoe, a Polish psychology student, opened Cafe Cyberia, the world's first internet café, in Whitfield Street, central London, on Sept 1, 1994.

Ms. Pascoe was writing her PhD at City University in London in 1994 when she first struck on the idea of an internet café. Men or women, the customers often needed nursing through the basics of internet usage, for which staff were on hand. Cyberia was nevertheless a hit, and spawned thousands of imitators. Ironically though, for founder Eva Pascoe, the first influx of customers were all men. Ms. Pascoe invested in new equipment for Cafe Cyberia, and soon attracted investment from the likes of Maurice Saatchi and Mick Jagger. Cyberia cafés later opened in many other cities as far afield as Paris, Tokyo, Bangkok and Manila. But as home access to the net has grown, the initial vision for cyber cafes has narrowed.

Cyberia eventually folded, but its legacy lives on in the 20,000 internet cafes dotted around the globe, even from market towns in Devon to Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia. The net began in 1970 when four U.S. universities began swapping information along telephone lines of any central computer. The research was founded by the Pentagon anxious to develop a communication system capable of surviving nuclear strikes. Part argue that being online will soon become as necessary and as natural as using the telephone.

Brut.

10/24/2019 7:58 PM
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12 comments

  • Brut
    10/24/2019 20:26

    The World Wide Web was created 30 years ago — but its creator is sharing his concerns about the downward slide of the internet today.

  • Agenorius O.
    10/24/2019 23:40

    We must look at the past to understand future technology trends.

  • Anuj S.
    10/26/2019 09:49

    That lady is smart.... well thats what we called foresight i guess

  • Rey M.
    10/26/2019 11:18

    simpler times , tb

  • Ariel G.
    10/26/2019 18:51

    Te acordaste cuando fuimos al cyber que estaba abajo del centro de salud pagamos una hora, y solo estuvimos sentados abriendo y cerrando word porque no podíamos usarla 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣😌🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Fredericho L.
    10/27/2019 12:39

    batias cyberia oi HAHAHAAA. Basin mao ra ghapon ning mga specs sa pc ilang gigamit adtos riverside

  • Raza A.
    10/27/2019 18:58

    0:22 he has an astonishing similarity with Prince William

  • Liza X.
    10/27/2019 22:05

    Oh they had no idea

  • Sharal B.
    10/28/2019 01:08

    😂😂😂 the future is wont be as you picture it in today’s technology.

  • Italo C.
    10/30/2019 05:13

    Average pc user with "bellsings"(kids) , put the baby to sleep Next to the pc and onto gaming bruh

  • Dhafin M.
    10/30/2019 12:06

    0:55 what a beautiful woman

  • SyaCyka
    10/31/2019 13:02

    cyberia is real boiss