Author Archives: Brewster Kahle

Decentralized Web Server: Possible Approach with Cost and Performance Estimates

At the first Decentralized Web Summit Tim Berners-Lee asked if a content-addressable peer-to-peer server system scales to the demands of the World Wide Web. This is meant to be a partial answer to a piece of the puzzle.  For background, … Continue reading

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Geez, Now Internet Insurance?

We seem to make some people mad. The Internet Archive, a non-profit library, hosts many things. Many, many things. Billions of old webpages, lots of concerts, nostalgia computer games, TV, books, old movies, contributed books, music, and video, and much … Continue reading

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Decentralized Web Summit: Towards Reliable, Private, and Fun

[See coverage by the NYtimes, Fortune, Boing Boing, other press] More than 300 web architects, activists, archivists and policy makers gathered at the Internet Archive for the  first Decentralized Web Summit, where I was honored to share a stage with internet pioneers, Vint Cerf, and … Continue reading

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Discover Books Donates Large Numbers of Books

Internet Archive is proud to partner with Discover Books, a major used book seller, to help let the stories in books live on.   Discover books is donating books that the Internet Archive does not yet own and would have gone … Continue reading

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Upcoming changes in epub generation

Epub is a format for ebooks that is used on book reader devices.   It is often mostly text, but can incorporate images. The Internet Archive offers these in two cases:  when a user uploads them, and when they are created … Continue reading

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Getting back to “View Source” on the Web: the Movable Web / Decentralized Web

The Web 1.0 moved so fast partly because you could “View Source” on a webpage you liked and then modify and re-use it to make your own webpages. This even worked with pages with JavaScript programs—you could see how it … Continue reading

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Save our Safe Harbor: Submission to Copyright Office on the DMCA Safe Harbor for User Contributions

The United States Copyright Office is seeking feedback on how the “notice and takedown” system created by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, also known as the “DMCA Safe Harbors,” is working. Congress decided that in this country, users of the … Continue reading

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Next Librarian of Congress: Carla Hayden

The President has nominated Carla Hayden to be the next Librarian of Congress.    I have met her through IMLS and support her for this position. As a public librarian, she can bring an access and public service orientation to a … Continue reading

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Gingerbread Internet Archive

Anne Regenstein made a gingerbread Internet Archive! Happy Holidays!

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Internet Credit Union 2011-2015: RIP

[background, NYTimes] [previous, NYtimes] Dear National Credit Union Administration, You win, we lose. This is our notice of Voluntary Liquidation of the Internet Credit Union. We write this hoping many of you will read it. You did not need to … Continue reading

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