From Wayback to Way Forward: The Internet Archive at 25
As the Internet Archive turns 25, join our discussion on the future of universal access to knowledge.
From the Library of Alexandria to Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press; from the First Amendment’s guarantee of the right to information to the creation of the World Wide Web, access to knowledge has always flourished thanks to the builders of these institutions. In the past two decades, the Internet Archive has become a beacon of free and open access to knowledge. As the Internet Archive turns 25, The Yale Information Society Project and the Wikimedia Initiative on Intermediaries and Information present a conversation with Brewster Kahle, on his vision for the future of digital libraries and universal access to knowledge.
A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 20 petabytes of data – the books, Web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 400 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.