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Internet Archive Celebrates 25 Years, Seeks Funds Amid New Legal Challenges

12 Nov 2021 7:24 AM | Anonymous

The Internet Archive is a valuable research tool for genealogists. I know that I have used it thousands of times and suspect others have done the same. Now two items concerning the Internet Archive are in the news:

  1. The organization is 25 years old
  2. The non-profit Internet Archive needs money

The following is an extract from an article by Tom Foremski  published in the ZD Net web site:

The San Francisco-based Internet Archive celebrates 25 years preserving the history of the internet, TV, and radio broadcasts. It is currently storing 475 billion web pages, 28 million scans of books and texts, and 14 million audio recordings -- adding up to 30 petabytes of data and beyond.

The Internet Archive has collected writings from more than one hundred million people so far. Brewster Kale, the Internet Archive's founder, says the organization's goal is to reach one billion individuals. 

"Now more than ever before, we need your help to continue collecting, preserving, and sharing our digital cultural artifacts," writes Kale. "We can have platforms and systems that are driven by altruism, not advertising models. We can have a world with many winners, where people participate, learn, and find new communities."

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