Internet Archive Meets Pineapple Fund’s $1M Challenge

As the days wound down and our April 30 deadline drew near, supporters of the Internet Archive rallied to help us raise $1 million—the amount the Pineapple Fund pledged to match. Today, we are happy to announce: We Made It! 

To the thousands of donors during this period we say THANK YOU! It takes a lot to build the Internet Archive and keep it running. We truly appreciate your support and humbled by your ringing endorsements. Here are a few from major supporters of this initiative:

“The Internet now plays a big part in human history, and the Internet Archive preserves that history, not only for the future but in a present where countering misinformation is vital.” 
Major Donor –
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist

“The Internet Archive is one of the most crucial and yet under-appreciated institutions on the internet, and does an excellent job preserving public access to much of the true history of the internet that might otherwise fall by the wayside.”
Major Donor –
Vitalik Buterin Ethereum co-founder

“A long time fan, Internet Archive stimulated my own work about lifelogging—especially digital access of the internet sites, books…and so much more.”
Major Donor – Gordon Bell, co-founder of The Computer Museum

“The Internet Archive is one of the great works of civilization. Thanks for all you do.”  
Major Donor – Tim O’Reilly
, Founder and CEO, O’Reilly Media

“The Internet as we know it is an extraordinary and wild creation, the work of millions of minds.  Yes as anyone who has tried to follow broken hyperlinks on a page even a few years old knows, it is also a remarkably fragile creation.  In seeking to preserve it, the Internet Archive has become one of the most important curatorial projects of the early twenty-first century.  As such, I count it a remarkable privilege to be able to support the Archive’s effort.”
Major Donor – James Wood Bailey, Author Utilitarianism, Institutions, and Justice.

“Nobody’s putting more of our culture online where anyone can explore it, without being spied upon, ‘Free to the People’, without commercial purpose, than the Internet Archive. They’re preserving millions of books, live songs, TV shows, websites, software, and more, that now won’t be lost to future generations. They’re making the culture of the recent and deep past visible and audible in the phones and screens of today’s generations.”
Major Donor –
John Gilmore, Co-founder EFF

“The Internet has become the first rough draft of history.  That’s why today’s Internet Archive matters, and will matter even more tomorrow.”
Major Donor –
David Risher, Co-Founder and CEO, Worldreader

And in closing, thank you Pine! We couldn’t have done it without you. 

“I chose the Internet Archive as it is a library that becomes more and more valuable every day. They don’t just have the Wayback Machine, but they also have numerous archiving efforts for books, even abandoned games, and sites/communities that were shut down (thanks Archive Team!)”
Pine“, founder Pineapple Fund

Photo by Pineapple Supply Co. on Unsplash

Updated 5/10/2018: Pineapple Fund makes a closing announcement:

Hi everyone,

It’s been five months, and having just made my last PF donation to the Internet Archive, I figure it might be a good time to say farewell. Continued on Reddit… 

7 thoughts on “Internet Archive Meets Pineapple Fund’s $1M Challenge

  1. Craig Evans

    Excellent folks, really proud of yall! If only robots.txt were being ignored now it would be a dream :3

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