The Internet Archive year in review

Sunday 18th December, 2022 - Bruce Sterling

Our Year In Review

2022 is coming to a close—and as the new year approaches, we’re taking some time to reflect. The Internet Archive’s patrons, partners, and donors have helped us achieve some great things in the past twelve months, and we’re deeply grateful to all those who have supported us. Here are some highlights from a memorable year!

The Race to Archive the Ukrainian Internet

When Russian troops poured over the Ukrainian border in February, the world watched in shock–but thousands of volunteers around the globe sprang into action. Recognizing the dangers that Ukrainian digital culture was facing, organizations such as Saving Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Online (SUCHO) and Archive Team came together, using a variety of web archiving tools (including the Wayback Machine) to capture online artifacts before they were lost forever.

TV News Archive Expands

For more than 20 years, the Internet Archive’s Television News Archive has monitored television news, preserving more than 9.5 million broadcasts totaling more than 6.6 million hours from across the world. This June, we released the new Visual Explorer—which allows researchers to assess and understand the narratives of television news at scale, creating new opportunities for research and analysis.

New Developments in Publishers’ Lawsuit

In 2022, we continued our fight for the right of libraries to lend books. A lawsuit filed by four major publishing companies attempts to outlaw our Controlled Digital Lending (CDL) program, which preserves traditional library lending in the digital world. Through CDL, the Internet Archive and other libraries make and lend out digital scans of print books in our collections, subject to strict technical controls. Although the lawsuit is still ongoing, this summer we asked a federal judge to rule in our favor and bring the case to a close.


The Launch of Democracy’s Library
In October the Internet Archive officially announced a brand new initiative: Democracy’s Library. We believe that free and open access to public information is critical for any functioning democracy, and that every citizen should be able to seek knowledge in the public domain. That’s why we’re working to collect important government documents, so that citizens everywhere can be better informed.

While we’re proud of our accomplishments this year, none of them would have been possible without the support of our community. If you’d like to help us continue our mission to promote Universal Access to All Knowledge, you can make a contribution at

Thanks for making it a great year, and enjoy the archive!

-The Internet Archive Team

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