Decentralization: A Game with Many Winners by Brewster Kahle
Presented by Brewster Kahle
A decade ago we set out to decentralize the Web, and to decentralize the Internet Archive.
Why? What is our overarching goal? And how much progress have we made, as a community and as a digital library?
The goal was never just about eliminating central points of control. It was a way to hack at intractable power structures and bend technology away from monopoly.
In the end, what we want is a game with many winners.
Brewster will also talk about the Internet Archive's lawsuit, the verdict, and implications.
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 Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 90+ petabytes of data - the books, Web pages, music, television, and software that form our cultural heritage, working with more than 1000 library and university partners to create a digital library, accessible to all.
He first called builders to "Lock the Web Open" using decentralized technologies in 2015, and continues to write about, experiment, cajole, and cheer on those creating decentralized systems we can trust.