About our book

Minitel: Welcome to the Internet by Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll, 2017

Minitel: Welcome to the Internet is an exploration of the technology, culture, and policy that sustained the world's first mass-scale online system for more than thirty years. As today's internet is broken up into an archipelago of walled gardens, Minitel offers compelling counter-example of a platform that balanced private innovation with the public interest.

The book was published in June 2017 by The MIT Press in the Platform Studies series.

Hardcover and eBook editions are available in many libraries, indie bookstores, and massive online marketplaces.

Table of contents

  1. A Tale of Two Parties
  2. Disaggregating the Minitel Platform
  3. Embedding Culture in Architecture
  4. Not End to End, but Open
  5. The Booming Minitel Private Enterprise
  6. On the Fringe

Book tour

Over the next year, we'll be hitting the road for a book tour. The video below is from the Stanford leg of our tour. Please contact us if you're interested in having us speak at your event.