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metadata.dc.title: Home computer on the line
Title addition: the West German BBS scene and the change of telecommunications in the 1980s
Authors: Röhr, Matthias 
Institute: DFG-Sonderforschungsbereich 1187 "Medien der Kooperation" 
Free keywords: History of telecommunications, History of datanetworks, History of computing, Bulletin board systems, History of digital media
Dewey Decimal Classification: 302.23 Medien (Kommunikationsmittel), Medienwissenschaft
Issue Date: 2017
Publish Date: 2021
Journal: Media in action : interdisciplinary journal on cooperative media 
Source: Media in action : interdisciplinary journal on cooperative media ; 2017,1: Fundaments of digitisation. – ISSN 2567-9082, S. 115 – 129.
This paper explores the phenomenon of bulletin board systems (BBS) – home computers connected through the telephone network – in West Germany in the 1980s. Due to the openness of the US telephone network, the use of home computers as private communication devices became quite successful across the Atlantic. However, in West Germany, this practice conflicted with the state monopoly and its policy on telecommunications. This paper argues that this conflict was part of a structural change caused by the convergence of IT and telecommunications. The West German government saw this convergence as both a threat and a chance for the national IT and telecommunications industries, prompting it to adopt a telecommunications policy designed to challenge the dominant US IT industry.
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:467-18132
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