We Live in Public: Tragi-dotcom-documentary opens at Sundance
We Live in Public has been nearly 10 years in the making – and it opens at Sundance this week. Director Ondi Timoner has followed Josh Harris around since 1999. Josh is perhaps beyond description – a former dotcom entrepreneur millionaire, internet visionary, web media artist, IPTV pioneer… Josh’s LinkedIn profile now lists him as the CEO of African Entertainment Network, based in Ethiopia.
I first met Josh in the late 1980s when he and business partner Gene DeRose were running the first internet market research company – Jupiter Communications. We shared a lot of ideas on the future of telephony, caller ID, and internet networks.
The sale of Jupiter allowed Josh to found Pseudo.com – probably the world’s first IPTV network. In 1999, he transformed a bunker in New York City into a pod hotel – housing 100 people and a thousand cameras. The habitants’ clives were recorded 24/7. This social experiment quickly became bizarre – like nothing you’d ever see on Big Brother. That was Josh’s vision of the internet – a total lack of privacy would eventually make it insiduous and lead to the breakdown of society.
FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) – already nervous with Y2K, shut down the facility as the clock rang in 2000. Unfortunately for him, Josh was often ahead of the internet curve. I do wish him all the best with his latest venture.
If you’re not lucky enough to be at Sundance this week (like me), check out this preview video!
UPDATE: here’s a Twitpic of Josh arriving at Sundance (with a shiny MacBook!)