The future of one of the largest online repositories of information in the world is in question.
"Universal access to all knowledge" is the clarion call of the Internet Archive, but it's currently embroiled in a copyright court case with book publishers in America, after the Internet Archive lent books online for free during the early days of the Covid pandemic.
While the Internet Archive has appealed the case, it's thrown up big questions about freedom of information and the very purpose of the internet as a place for sharing knowledge.
To make sense of the case Nights is joined by Ajay Singh Chaudhary, the executive director of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research in New York.
about a thousand times more important than anything having do with Harvard is keeping places like Internet Archive alive, a corner of the internet that holds out at a glimmer of that old internet utopianism - providing astounding resources to specialists and lay people alike. https://t.co/Q4HCXsSjNA— Ajay Singh Chaudhary (@materialist_jew) January 4, 2024