Author Archives: Brewster Kahle

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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