"It's when things are going [economically] down that people start to say I have to work together with other people in ways that I didn't have to before. And so now I think we're in pretty good shape now that some the economy stuff is in trouble. [This will] cause some changes that really wouldn't have if we were floating around being a little bit more wealthy" - Brewster Kale, Big Ideas Fest 2009
Brewster Kahle, a computer engineer, internet entrepreneur, and digital librarian, founded the Internet Archive in 1996. He is focused on providing universal access to all knowledge, and developing technologies for information discovery and digital libraries. He was co-founder of Alexa Internet, which helped catalog the Web, which was later sold to Amazon.com.
In 1989, Kahle invented the Internet's first publishing system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server) system and in 1989, founded WAIS Inc., a pioneering electronic publishing company, and was later acquired by America Online. Kahle, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, is a key supporter of the Open Content Alliance.