EE380 Computer Systems Colloquium presents "Locking the Web Open--a Call for a New, Decentralized Web"

Locking the Web Open--a Call for a New, Decentralized Web
Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 4:30pm
Shriram 104
Brewster Kahle (Internet Archive)
Abstract / Description: 

Thirty years after the World Wide Web was created, can we now make it better? How can we ensure that our most important values: privacy, free speech, and open access to knowledge are enshrined in the code itself? In a provocative call to action, entrepreneur and Open Internet advocate, Brewster Kahle, challenges us to build a better, decentralized Web based on new distributed technologies. He lays out a path to creating a new Web that is reliable, private, but still fun—in order to lock the Web open for good.


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 digital libraries in the world, serving over one million patrons each day. With 150 staff members in the United States, Canada, England, and China and digitization centers at the Library of Congress, Princeton University, University of Toronto, and Boston Public Library, the Internet Archive works with more than 600 library and university partners to create a free digital library, accessible to all.
Since founding the Internet Archive in 1996, Kahle continues to guide all aspects of the organization including policy, strategic direction, and the development of new technologies. He is a prolific writer, speaker, and advocate for ways we can create technology that reflects our deepest values: privacy, security, and accessibility. Under Kahle's leadership, the Internet Archive launched the Wayback Machine, the only public archive of the web, and remains one of the 300 most popular websites 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. He is an Internet pioneer, creating the Internet's first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) in 1989. With The Wall Street Journal as its first customer, the company helped revolutionize the electronic publishing market. Kahle eventually sold the company to America Online. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, with technology that helps catalog the web, selling it to Amazon in 1999

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