As an idealistic technologist studying at MIT in the ’80s, Brewster Kahle was enthralled by the possibilities the internet offered. In 1996, he established the Internet Archive, which he hoped would become “the Library of Alexandria for the digital age.” Today, this free digital resource is used by 1.5 million people daily for its vast, crowdsourced collections of books, live concerts, television shows, software programs and audio recordings. Its most popular project, the Wayback Machine, allows anyone to access its This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-Two Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 42 Anna Wiener Anna Wiener was on the path to Silicon Valley success. Then she pivoted. Allyssia Alleyne charts the making of a tech-skeptic. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Influencers Anonymous Instagram content creators answer a short survey about the influencer industry. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Rage Against the Machine A conversation about the influence of invisible algorithms. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Computed Emotion On the rise of chatbot therapy. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Captcha This Prove you're not a robot. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Digital Hoarding The ascendancy of virtual memory.