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Brewster has built technologies, companies, and institutions to advance the goal of universal access to all knowledge. He currently oversees the non-profit Internet Archive as founder and Digital Librarian, which is now one of the largest digital archives in the world.
As a digital archivist, Brewster has been active in technology, business, and law.
Keywords: MIT'82, helped start Thinking Machines, founder WAIS Wide Area Information Servers, Internet strategist AOL, co-founded Alexa Internet, sold to Amazon.com, directs Internet Archive.
After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1982, he helped start a supercomputer company, Thinking Machines, that built systems for searching large text collections. In 1989, he invented the InternetÃ¯Â¿Â½s first publishing and distributed search system, WAIS (Wide Area Information Server). WAIS Inc. created the online presence for many of the world's largest publishers, and was purchased by America Online in 1995. In 1996, Brewster co-founded Alexa Internet, which provides search and discovery services included in more than 90 percent of web browsers, and was purchased by Amazon in 1999.
Brewster has also worked to revise law and policy in light technical advances. He is a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and a plaintiff in Kahle v. Gonzales (formerly Kahle v. Ashcroft), which challenges recent copyright term extensions.
Brewster is profiled in Digerati: Encounters with the Cyber Elite (HardWired, 1996). He was selected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Scien
Universal Access to Human Knowledge (Or Public Access to Digital Materials)
as author at 6th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC), Busan 2007 ,
Universal Access to All Knowledge - Archive.org
as author at i2010 - Information Society at the Crossroads, Brdo 2008,
Usage Scenarios and User Experience
as author at Workshops,
together with: Gene Golovchinsky, Peter Brusilovsky, Raymond G. Siemens, Monica Landoni, Nina Wacholder, Catherine Marshall, Prakash Reddy, Magdy Nagi, Kareem M. Darwish, Geneva Henry,