With the 2019 Digital Leaders Awards less than a month away, we are excited to announce this year’s speaker: Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of the Internet Archive. 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. The Internet Archive is one of the largest libraries 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. In 1989, Kahle created the Internet’s first publishing system called Wide Area Information Server (WAIS), later selling the company to AOL. In 1996, Kahle co-founded Alexa Internet, which helps catalog the web, and sold it to Amazon.com in 1999. The Internet Archive, which he founded in 1996, now preserves 50 petabytes of data — the books, web pages, music, television, and software of our cultural heritage. The Archive works with more than 600 library and university partners to create a digital library that is accessible to all.
Please join us in celebrating the contributions our award winners have made to bridge the digital divide in their communities and hear interesting perspectives from our speaker addressing the digital divide. Enjoy fine wine and delicious bites while hearing the stories of these remarkable people. Get your tickets now!
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