Thursday, December 01, 2016

The internet is planning to run for the Canadian border to hide itself from Donald Trump. I wonder if the internet has room in the van for one more?

Courtesy of The Verge:  

The Internet Archive, a digital library nonprofit that preserves billions of webpages for the historical record, is building a backup archive in Canada after the election of Donald Trump. Today, it began collecting donations for the Internet Archive of Canada, intended to create a copy of the archive outside the United States. 

“On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change,” writes founder Brewster Kahle. “It was a firm reminder that institutions like ours, built for the long-term, need to design for change. For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible. It means preparing for a web that may face greater restrictions. It means serving patrons in a world in which government surveillance is not going away; indeed it looks like it will increase.”

The San Francisco-based Internet Archive is comprised of several different preservation efforts, spanning nearly every medium. As of 2012, the entire archive held 10 petabytes of data; for reference, Facebook’s entire photo and video collection totaled 100 petabytes around the same time. Alongside films and books, the archive holds thousands of early software programs and video games that can be emulated on modern systems. It’s particularly known for the Wayback Machine, which continuously crawls the web to archive pages over the course of decades. 

The Internet Archive provides some of the most comprehensive preservation of our digital ephemera, for both intellectual study and practical use — including journalistic fact checking. Kahle estimates it will cost “millions” of dollars to host a copy of the Internet Archive in Canada, but it would shield its data from some American legal action.

Okay so it's not the WHOLE internet, but it is the archive and protecting that is very important.

And seriously does anybody feel that it's safe in the same country led by a Donald Trump?

By the way you can contribute to protecting the internet archive by donating here


  1. Anonymous5:13 AM

    The "deal" to save jobs in Indiana and the long term ramifications and the realities in Indiana -

  2. Anonymous6:57 AM

    Canada is happy to help you out with that.
    And we'll slide it all back to you once you get rid of the azzholes.

  3. Anonymous7:15 AM

    double drumpf:

    1. Anonymous7:27 AM

      Thank you for that! I was having a bad day & needed a good belly laugh!

    2. Anonymous7:50 AM

      Is trump going to have an official portrait to be used by all news outlets and hung in schools and government buildings, like all dictators do?

  4. Anonymous8:18 AM

    The world will be better without the Internet.

  5. Anonymous10:41 AM

    The archive needs to be preserved. I seldom donate to such things, but I did to this effort.

    I imagine a great number of websites will be moving their content to Canada/offshore. Mine was already with a Canadian company.

  6. Anonymous2:15 PM

    OT but I can't stop laughing

  7. Never mind copy (although a backup is essential.)

    They should just move the whole damn thing.

    Trump is going to eliminate net neutrality. Censorship and filtering will increase exponentially until the only thing you'll be able to get is Trump's version of the "news" and access NetFlix. It will be his version of bread and circuses to keep the masses sated, tranquilized and controllable.

    They'll never see the jackboots coming.

    (He's already managed to undermine the legitimacy of the media. We'll never know what is true or fake news any more.)


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