Watch: Why The Internet Archive Is Vital And How Decentralized Web Can Help | The Future Rules Podcast Ep.6 (
In this episode, Brewster Kahle, the Founder and Digital Librarian of the Internet Archive, takes a look at how we can preserve the internet for future users by making use of the decentralized web. He takes a look at how past experiences can help guide a better future, goes on to explain how he envisions the world being changed by not only Web 3.0, but Web 4.0, 5.0 and 6.0 to follow, and talks about the work of the Internet Archive.


The vision behind the Internet Archive:
“The Internet Archive started by trying to archive the internet, but really the goal was to be in an archive on the internet and build towards being the library of everything. How can we go and build the digital library of Alexandria? Can we make it so that there's universal access to all knowledge? That's the vision of the internet that I signed on to decades ago, to try to help build that. And with the technologies we've got now, we can actually make that come true.”

The most desirable properties of the decentralized web:
“Well, we want a web that's private. We want a web that's robust. We want a web where you can actually make some money by publishing on the net, not just by having advertising systems or going to some third party. And we want it to still be fun and frolicking and build something new and different. So we put out a call in 2016 to build a decentralized web.”

The Internet Archive and Filecoin are preserving humanity’s most important information:
“The thing that is so cool about the decentralized web is the ability to preserve humanity's most important information. I think how do you preserve humanity's most important information is a really interesting question, and the Internet Archive has been doing such amazing work on preserving the internet and thinking about not just the ways that you can preserve the internet today, but also the ways that you can preserve humanity's most important information in the future. And for me and for Filecoin, what that means is creating a decentralized storage network where you don't have to rely on just one or two big players to store effectively all of the web. And instead, creating the ability to have a system where many or some nodes can fail and the whole system will still be robust against failure and where you can take information and spread it out among a lot of people's computers, instead of just computers and hardware owned by a few companies.

The issue with social media feeds:
“But now we have the age of feeds, I love that term, it's just so gross - It's like eat your feed. All right, you're sucking on your feed. It's this sort of continuous dribble that sort of spews at us, which is interactive. It's exciting, it's mesmerizing, but it's very difficult to refer back to things. Pages you thought of as something that you could refer to and was going to last a long time. So you invested in them. Feeds, you are just babbling. And so we've had this major shift.”

The most pressing considerations for building Web 3.0:
“Watch out for centralized points of control - monopoly - but monopoly in lots of different mechanisms and ways. Those are basically individual organizations or protocols or approaches that seem to make it so that other things aren't allowed. So how do we go and keep a system that is flexible enough to bend around these sorts of systems? And I wonder if these large-scale corporations that we've built are really going to serve us all that well. They're now starting to be larger than governments.

So the new big entities are, I think, corporations. Maybe it was the church 500 years ago, then it was governments. And are we really kind of going into an era when corporations and corporate-think are going to dominate? That's something that I'd like to bring to mind as we're building these systems that to try to make it so that there's room for new players to join in without having to get permission from the old guys. We know how that ends up, it's not good.”


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