Colin Green, Matthew Fuller and Simon Pope began working together in 1994. In 1995, Fuller and Pope described I/O/D as a "hyperactive electronic zine I/O/D" which takes the form of "a Macromedia Director Projector" that can be distributed on a single floppy disk, a small size that would also allow for distribution over the internet.  In a 1998 article, Fuller described I/O/D as "a three-person collective based in London. As an acronym, the name stands for everything it is possible for it to stand for." 
 Simon Pope and Matthew Fuller, "WARNING! This Computer Has Multiple Personality Disorder," bak.spc.org. Online, Accessed 8/30/2013.
 Matthew Fuller, "A means of mutation: Notes on I/O/D 4, 'The Web Stalker,'" bak.spc.org. Online, Accessed 8/30/2013.