Author Archives: Brewster Kahle

DPayments on the DWeb now possible? Math breakthrough

One of the goals of a new World Wide Web: the Decentralized Web was to help people make money by publishing on the web. There are approaches to this such as Coil, but the vision in the paper has not … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on DPayments on the DWeb now possible? Math breakthrough

Hiring Americans is hard for distributed organizations: How the federal and state governments can Fix It

The Internet Archive has over 90 employees in the United States, but they reside in 17 different states and even more counties. While distributed workforces are becoming common, it has become so painful to deal with the federal, state, and … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Hiring Americans is hard for distributed organizations: How the federal and state governments can Fix It

Uber…. but Decentralized?

What would it take to make an app that would work like Uber, but without the corporate entity?  And without the high percentage that goes to Uber.  Hum…   Let’s take some of the needed parts… Hailing a driver: a … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Libraries vs Bookstores? No, False dichotomy. They are different Animals

There is a recent written attack on libraries that I find odd and somewhat dangerous– libraries overlap too much with new-book bookstores. At first I thought it was trolling, but I now believe it is sincere. More worrisome is that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

10 years trying 7 approaches to providing affordable housing for non-profit workers, here are the results so far

The Great Recession started in 2008 and everyone suffered– the Internet Archive hired 146 out-of-work parents, leveraging an Obama stimulus welfare-to-work program to scan books  for the visually impaired.   I had employees polled as to how they were doing financially, … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Zone trip #5? Inventing a Desirable Physical World in Pandemic — August, 2020

San Francisco is best when it is inventing utopias (executing on it sometimes goes astray, but stay with me). In our Covid/Pandemic world we are all pushed into virtual classes, virtual work, virtual relations.  Lets face it, we can only … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Zone trip #5? Inventing a Desirable Physical World in Pandemic — August, 2020

Helping Make Housing Affordable with “Non-Intrusive Joint Ownership”

We have been trying Foundation Housing with an apartment building in San Francisco, and while we like that structure for many reasons, we are now trying something else, this time more personal that others might want to try: joint ownership … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged | Comments Off on Helping Make Housing Affordable with “Non-Intrusive Joint Ownership”

The Game of Oligarchy

You should try this game. I just invented and played a game today with my family, and it worked great– it was fun and we learned an important lesson. Similar to the game “Monopoly” which shows that one person ends … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Slingshotting around the Sun? Grasping the Oberth Effect

A Washington Post article talked about getting to interstellar rocketry by slingshotting around the Sun. I understood the idea of slingshotting required a planet or a moon– something that was orbiting something else because you are taking some of that … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Slingshotting around the Sun? Grasping the Oberth Effect

Lyft took 50% of the fare from the driver this morning

Going to the airport this morning, I took a Lyft for $46. It us usually less, but it was rush hour, and still less than a taxi (usually $65) and more reliable than a taxi. The driver was cheerful, been … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments