Author Archives: brewster

Heartbleed bug and the Archive

Bottom line: The Internet Archive is safe to use. Internet Archive has always been interested in protecting the privacy of our patrons.  We try not to record IP addresses, and when Edward Snowden showed that traffic going over the open … Continue reading

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Software Wanted: Political TV Commercial Detection and Naming

Volunteers needed:   We have a fabulous TV collection, and the US is going into an election period.    We would like to pull out the TV Commercials, including the political ads, and match them with the other occurrences, and then put … Continue reading

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Short Video of Brewster Kahle on Bitcoin by Forbes

  Forbes did a followup on its “Living on Bitcoin for a Week” and interviewed Brewster Kahle, Founder of the Internet Archive and the Internet Credit Union. http://www.forbes.com/video/3058744760001/ (on the archive)

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Public Access to the Public Domain: Copyright Week

It’s Copyright Week, and many organizations are highlighting the need to make works in the public domain readily accessible. One of the many challenges we face sounds almost paradoxical: works in the public domain are often not publicly available. The … Continue reading

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Servers for the New Year: Thank you!

  Year-end donations went past our goal of $1 million (almost $1.3m !) – thank you all for donating.    With this money we can buy the ten racks (10 petabytes, 10,000,000,000,000,000bytes) of server space to store the upcoming books music … Continue reading

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Dreams Reflected in Bitcoin

Love the dreamers– they make life worth living. Right now many are looking into bitcoin and seeing their dreams in the reflection.  And like all things bitcoin, this is playing out in public view, so we see other’s hopes and … Continue reading

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Magazine in movie “WarGames” is discovered using an Internet Archive Collection

    An intrepid researcher wanted to figure out what magazine was used in movie WarGames and using the Internet Archive collection found it was Creative Computing.  (which was a key magazine for me in the 70′s when I sold … Continue reading

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Start of Community Wireless Backbone in Richmond CA

With the cooperation of the City of Richmond (thank you!), a group of volunteers and Internet Archive staff are starting to set up backbone repeaters in Richmond California to build a Community Wireless network.   Here is Colyer Dupont showing a … Continue reading

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Let the Robots Read! A Victory for Fair Use

A resounding judgement in the Google Books case means that the act of digitizing books is not in-and-of-itself infringing.    In legal-speak, the judge ruled that digitizing books is “fair”.   This is a big deal in that it allows … Continue reading

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Birthday of the Defensive Patent License: Friday, Nov 15, 4:30-8:00 in SF

  (Video of event) Please join us to celebrate the birthday of the Defensive Patent License (“DPL”)! Short Program and Birthday Party Friday, November 15, 2013 Panel Discussion 4:30-6:00 PM Reception 6:00-8:00 PM Internet Archive 300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, … Continue reading

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Fire Update: Lost Many Cameras, 20 Boxes. No One Hurt.

As fires go, we were lucky.   We are still assessing what happened but this is where we stand: * No one was hurt. * Lost a 130 sq meter side-building (1300 sq feet) that held scanning equipment.  We operate 30 … Continue reading

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Please Come: Aaron Swartz Reception at the Internet Archive Fri Nov 8th in SF

(CNET Article) On November 8th from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, you are invited to a reception, talks, and hackathon at the Internet Archive 300 Funston Ave, in San Francisco. Suggested donation of $5, Bitcoin accepted. 5PM Hackathon 6:30PM Reception … Continue reading

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Reader Privacy at the Internet Archive

(NYTimes article, Video of Announcement with Daniel Ellsberg) The Internet Archive has extended our reader privacy protections by making the site encrypted by default.   Visitors to archive.org and openlibrary.org will https unless they try to use http. For several years, … Continue reading

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Celebrate at the Internet Archive — 1024 — Thursday Oct. 24th

(Full Video of event.   Announcement as posts: 1, 2, and 3) Internet Archive invites you to a fun evening in San Francisco on October 24th for our once-a-year celebration and announcements of new services. (And it just so happens to … Continue reading

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Blacked Out Government Websites Available Through Wayback Machine

  (from the Internet Archive’s Archive-it group: Announcing the first ever Archive-It US Government Shutdown Notice Awards!  ) Congress has caused the U.S. federal government to shut down and important websites have gone dark.  Fortunately, we have the Wayback Machine to … Continue reading

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How to use the Virtual Machine for Researchers

Some researchers that are working with the Internet Archive, such as those at University of Massachusetts, have wanted closer access to some of our collections. We are learning how to support this type of “on-campus” use of the collections. This … Continue reading

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Cost to Store All US Phonecalls Made in a Year in Cloud Storage so it could be Datamined

(Cited in Forbes) Because of recent news reports, I wanted to cross check the cost feasibility of the NSA’s recording all of the US phonecalls and processing them. These estimates show only $27M in capital cost, and $2M in electricity … Continue reading

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National Security Agency ❤ ❤ ❤ Internet Archive?

An unclassified document from the National Security Agency from 2007 has some nice words to say about the Internet Archive, Brewster Kahle, and the Wayback Machine. “The Wayback Machine is, very simply, one of the greatest deep web tools ever … Continue reading

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Brewster Kahle to be Honored with 2013 Amer Lib Assoc LITA/Library Hi Tech Award

Brewster Kahle is honored to receive the 2013 LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Outstanding Communication in Library and Information Technology this year.   It will be awarded at the American Library Association meeting in Chicago in June. http://www.ala.org/news/pr?id=13005  

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Free and Fast ‘Roof2Roof’ Internet Available in Richmond, CA

As a free service to Richmond residents, the Internet Archive has installed a 70 foot tower on its physical archive building in Richmond California to offer free and fast Internet to those with roofs that can see the tower.  Those … Continue reading

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