The Internet Archive, a San Francisco non-profit that maintains one of the world's largest library of cached web sites, said on Tuesday that it was planning to create a copy of its archives in Canada, out of the reach of the incoming US government.
"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," Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet Archive wrote in a blog post published on Tuesday.
"For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible. It means preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions."
Trump's views on free speech have raised worries among many people, and he has said he'd like to "open up" libel laws so he can punish journalists who write negative things about him.
Presumably, if the Internet Archive had a Canada-based operation, controversial documents would stay online in the event that US censorship laws became more restrictive under Trump. Kahle also points to the possibility that government surveillance may increase under a Trump administration as another reason for the move.
"Throughout history, libraries have fought against terrible violations of privacyâ€”where people have been rounded up simply for what they read."
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Why would they not have already done this? Every significant site should be backed up in several countries.
Google just sent their AI research to Montreal.
bob2356 saysLooks likeYou're an idiot.... again.
Looks like piggy can't keep track of which alt he is logged onto.
If you're talking about username Oil, I'm pretty sure that's the Hong Kong bot that spammed the site last week.