Nov. 30th, 2016

lblanchard: (swannfountain)
The Internet Archive is spooked by the U.S. election and is moving its backup to Canada.

I value the Internet Archive and use it for the millions of digitized books in the public domain that it has aggregated, including many of the works of Reginald Farrer. I do not use, but also value, its Wayback Machine and political ad archives, keeping certain actors from sending their inconvenient truths down the memory hole.

Some of the triumphalist rhetoric and ominous posturing from the campaign is really unnerving, and I don't blame Brewster Kahle for pushing the panic button. He has emailed Internet Archive members and donors and has also outlined his case in a blog post:

https://blog.archive.org/2016/11/29/help-us-keep-the-archive-free-accessible-and-private/

The Internet Archive began assembling its materials decades before state libraries and other guardians of our cultural heritage got around to it. It needs to continue to offer unfettered unmediated access and replication is the way to do it. I've made my contribution and urge others to consider it as well.

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