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Brewster Kahle

Brewster Kahle is an Internet entrepreneur, activist, philanthropist and digital librarian/archivist. Kahle graduated from MIT in 1982 with a degree in computer engineering, having studied artificial intelligence with Marvin Minsky and W. Daniel Hillis. He was an early member of the Thinking Machines team, where he invented the Wide Area Information Server (WAIS) system; he later started WAIS, Inc., the nonprofit Internet Archive, and Alexa Internet. In 2005, Kahle was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a Director of the Internet Archive, a member of the Board of Directors of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and one of the initiators of the Open Content Alliance. He and his wife also created the Kahle/Austin Foundation, which has supported the Internet Archive, Public Knowledge, and Creative Commons, among others. Kahle's stated mission is "Universal Access to all Knowledge".


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