I really like their archiving capabilities, but I can't help to wonder who is behind the website and if they can be trusted on different matters, e.g. if it is sponsored by a particular government or country.

This is in contrasts to the Internet Archive which has a much clearer affiliation, so I know what to expect.

The wiki page does not seem to mention it.

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I've found some inconclusive but interesting information.

LinkedIn logged in user on archives

As of 2020, all archives of LinkedIn archives appear to be under the same account, e.g.:

Searching by the image on Google, leads to the following LinkedIn Account "Masha Rabinovich" https://www.linkedin.com/in/masha-rabinovich-52aa3a197/ which is marked as being a Bachelor of Engineering Bachelor at the Humboldt University of Berlin. These accounts keep getting deleted apparently by LinkedIn, here's one live as of 2023: https://www.linkedin.com/in/masha-rabinovich-7b56a5125/

Further Google searches for that name lead to several online threads that create a convincing profile of that name being the creator of archive.is, perhaps most notably from 2012-08 https://community.f-secure.com/en/discussion/14768/what-is-the-evidence-of-harmful-behaviour#M3733 a user named "masharabinovich" mentions:

Your website http://browsingprotection.f-secure.com/swp/result?x=5Jg2kWKC8d86b4F-H5cdoS8dyu04vtzGtEXhQL6COLIX0k4wrv-N*w shows that someone in your company "found evidence of harmful behaviour" on my website http://archive.is/

It is not certain that Masha is a real identity at all, but taken together, it feels very possible that whoever is behind that account is the creator of the website.

Wikipedia suggests that the name Masha Rabinovich is likely of Russian Ashkenazi Jewish origin:

so if the LinkedIn information is real, maybe they just went to study in Germany, or their ancestors migrated there.

GitHub logged in user on archive

Their logged in GitHub from archives gives even more information. They later deleted most of their GitHub activity, but archives remain.

See e.g.:

https://discourse.nixos.org/t/how-was-this-treewide-pr-performed/11174/15 confirms the brutal account deletion applied also mentioned at: https://twitter.com/grhmc/status/1334138105738256389 but those threads didn't know about archive.is.

What I don't understand however is how it is possible that I can still make archives today as of 2021-02-08 and they are logged in as volth, but the volth homepage is still a 404 at the very same time!!! The only explanation I can think of is that GitHub has a shadowban mode, where the user can still login, but not make any contributions, and all past contributions are hidden, related: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/50720844/can-github-delete-your-account/66105692#66105692



From Crunchbase, it is based on Greater New York Area, East Coast, Northeastern US.

I can't help to wonder who is behind the website and if they can be trusted on different matters

It is not yet known. It is a private company. According to their FAQ page (Redirected to archive.vn/faq),

How is the archive funded?

It is privately funded; there are no complex finances behind it. It may look more or less reliable compared to startup-style funding or a university project, depending on which risks are taken into account.

Will advertising appear on the archive one day ? I cannot make a promise that it will not. With the current growth rate I am able to keep the archive free of ads. Well, I can promise it will have no ads at least till the end of 2014.

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    Good spotting on Crunchbase. Do they cite any sources? Aug 25, 2020 at 14:27
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    @CiroSantilli郝海东冠状病六四事件法轮功 There isn't one. Let's see what other answerers say. Aug 25, 2020 at 14:58

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