Internationale Stadt Berlin
Die Internationale Stadt Berlin wurde am 1.1.1995 von Künstlern und Netzfreaks in Berlin gegründet. Bis zu diesem Zeitpunkt waren 6 der 7 Gründungsmitglieder Internet−User, die auf die Bereitstellung von Internet−Diensten eines kommerziellen Internetanbieters in Berlin angewiesen waren. Zum Jahreswechsel entschloss man sich die Providing−Struktur inklusive User von Contributed Software GbR zu übernehmen.
Initiated by the artist group Handshake (Barbara Aselmeier, Joachim Blank, Armin Haase, Karl Heinz Jeron) and Thomax Kaulmann, Frank Kunkel, Gereon Schmitz as a virtual community in the vein of Amsterdam's De Digitale Stad. From 1994 to 1998, it reconstructed urban and social spaces for encounter on the Web until it had to be discontinued due to lack of funding.
In 1996 turned into private company, too. In the peak ISB had almost 300 paying customers. Ended on 1 April 1998.
"Almost parallel to The Digital City in Amsterdam, the Internationale Stadt Berlin was founded. For several years, in contrast to its dutch counterpart, at least by name, there was no institute behind this network. There was primarily a core group, active in the local Berlin scene, that invited collegues and friends to create a network, like a city with inhibitants. But as with Ljudmila, the network was mostly used by artists and those working in independent organisations. Internationale Stadt Berlin did dissappear as a central server, but in the context of the continuous building and construction activity of the city Berlin, the people of Internationale Stadt Berlin have just moved to other areas in town and have reorganised in multiple new artservers and workspaces." Walter van der Cruijsen
- Geert Lovink. Radical Media Pragmatism. April 1998. http://www.theobvious.com/archive/1998/04/27.html
- diverse texts and authors