Reflections as the Internet Archive turns 25
Could we take the role of a library a step further, so that everyone's writings could be included-not only those with a New York book contract? Could we build a multimedia archive that contains not only writings, but also songs, recipes, games, and videos? Could we make it possible for anyone to learn about their grandmother in a hundred years' time? Not about an Exit or an IPO. From the beginning, the Internet Archive had to be a nonprofit because it contains everybody else's things. The goal of the Internet Archive is to create a permanent memory for the Web that can be leveraged to make a new Global Mind. At the end of the day, the Internet and the World Wide Web-it's just us. The World Wide Web at its best is a mechanism for people to share what they know, almost always for free, and to find one's community no matter where you are in the world. We can have a world with many winners, with people participating, finding communities of like-minded people they can learn from all over the world. You have already helped the Internet Archive build this future.