Brewster Kahle

Internet Archive


A passionate advocate for public Internet access and a successful entrepreneur, Brewster Kahle has spent his career intent on a singular focus: providing Universal Access to All Knowledge. He is the founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, one of the largest libraries in the world. Soon after graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied artificial intelligence, Kahle helped found the company Thinking Machines, a parallel supercomputer maker. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the Web, selling it to in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 60 petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage, working with more than 700 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.

Read some recent articles by Kahle:

“A free digital library” / TED Talk

“Brewster Kahle - Penthouse Suite Interview 2019” / Interview for the Charleston Library Conference

Internet Archive Blog

“Right to Remember” / Lecture at UC Berkeley