A little bit(coin) funds a lot of bytes. If you use the Internet Archive regularly, no doubt you saw the banner flying above our navigation bar during the month of December. As a charity funded by you —our users— the Archive relies each year on the generosity of the tens of thousands of people worldwide who donate to keep our servers running, pay our staff, and help make our collections bigger, better, and more open.
As we look back at the 2017 contributors, one group stands out: the cryptocurrency community.
On top of an incredibly generous 69.38 BTC (~$1 Million!) gift from the Pineapple Fund (celebrated earlier in this blog post), this year alone the Archive received over $60,000 in Bitcoin donations, more than $5,000 in Bitcoin Cash, and more than $1,200 in Zcash.
As a long-time supporter of the cryptocurrency movement —our community has been donating Bitcoin since 2011— we have long believed that philanthropy can and should have a place in this evolving peer-to-peer monetary system. We have done what we can to support the evolution of decentralized technologies, and we are thrilled this community is supporting us in the same way.
Ours is a shared vision of openness on the web.
We see continued promise in crypto-philanthropy. We want to do all we can to support this community and provide robust options for charitable support. That is why today, we are pleased to announce that we have added Ether to the list of donation options.
Ethereum Address: 0x635599b0ab4b5c6b1392e0a2d1d69cf7d1dddf02
We think this option will help make giving to the Archive easier, and lower the cost, since Ether’s transaction costs are currently much lower than Bitcoin’s, which have increased as new users enter the market.
If you would like to make a donation in Ether, or any of the cryptocurrencies we accept, please go to https://archive.org/donate/bitcoin.php
We hope you’ll check out this new option and, if you’re so inclined, try gifting to the Archive in Ether.
And to the crypto-currency community, we want to say, THANKS!
More stories about our adventures in digital currencies have been written by our founder, Brewster Kahle, here.