Spooked by Trump, Internet Archive looks to make a copy of itself … in Canada

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The folks who run the indispensable Internet Archive Wayback Machine, among other services, have seen the future of a Trump Administration and it scares them enough to spur the creation of the Internet Archive of Canada … just in case.

From the organization’s blog post today:

The history of libraries is one of loss.  The Library of Alexandria is best known for its disappearance.

Libraries like ours are susceptible to different fault lines: Earthquakes, legal regimes, institutional failure.

So this year, we have set a new goal: to create a copy of Internet Archive’s digital collections in another country. We are building the Internet Archive of Canada because, to quote our friends at LOCKSS, “lots of copies keep stuff safe.” This project will cost millions. So this is the one time of the year I will ask you: please make a tax-deductible donation to help make sure the Internet Archive lasts forever.

On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change. It was a firm reminder that institutions like ours, built for the long-term, need to design for change.

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine provides a service that the public would otherwise do without, namely keeping a record of 300 million web pages each week, “so no one will ever be able to change the past just because there is no digital record of it.”

Its mere presence can hold feet to fires.

And it can be plain old educational, such as if you’d like to know what online news sites looked like on Sept. 11, 2001.

You can donate to creating its Canadian cousin here.

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