William Gibson’s AGRIPPA Recovered and Revealed

While the text of William Gibson’s elusive electronic poem AGRIPPA is widely posted around the Web, it has not been seen in its original incarnation — custom-built software designed to scroll the poem through a single play before encrypting each line with an RSA algorithm — since 1992. Today is the 16th anniversary, to the day, of the poem’s initial release. A team of scholars at the University of Maryland and UC Santa Barbara used forensic computing to restore the code from an original diskette loaned by a collector and have placed video of the complete ‘run,’ as well as never-before-seen footage from the night of AGRIPPA’s public debut in 1992, up on a Web site called the Agrippa Files. There’s also a detailed essay documenting the forensic process, plus a mess of stills, screenshots, and a copy of the disk image itself.

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