Ivan Pope was involved with many early internet developments in the UK and across the world. He started networking in 1988 while a contemporary of Damien Hirst and the YBAs at Goldsmiths' art college in London. After graduation he went on to develop an early bulletin board systems for artists (ArtNet Bulletin Board and mailing list). Pope invented the 'cybercafe' at London's ICA in 1994. He was a founder of two of the first internet magazines, The World Wide Web Newsletter, and later .net magazine in the UK. In 1994 he founded Webmedia to professionalise the process of web site design and build. In 1996 he founded the domain name industry with NetNames.
In 1994 Pope wrote Internet UK, a survey and users guide to the Internet in the United Kingdom.