Internet Archive plans backup library in Canada

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2016 Nov 29, 5:21pm   2,638 views  13 comments

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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 privacy—where people have been rounded up simply for what they read."

More: http://www.businessinsider.com/internet-archive-of-canada-fundraising-because-of-trump-administration-2016-11

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1   Patrick   2016 Nov 29, 5:26pm  

Why would they not have already done this? Every significant site should be backed up in several countries.

2   tovarichpeter   2016 Nov 29, 6:48pm  

Google just sent their AI research to Montreal.

4   bob2356   2017 Oct 27, 7:30am  

Looks like piggy can't keep track of which alt he is logged onto.
5   bob2356   2017 Oct 27, 8:19am  

Sniper says
bob2356 says
Looks like

You're an idiot.... again.

Three different piggy alts in a row. A new record.
6   anonymous   2017 Oct 27, 9:03am  

Why put all of your eggs in 1 basket?
7   WookieMan   2017 Oct 27, 10:43am  

bob2356 says
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. If you check Oil's comment history you'll see it's not who you think it is. Outside of the username change from Me123 to Sniper, I haven't noticed any other alts. Could be wrong though with all the anonymous posters now. Not sure if there's 3-4 of them or dozens. Or if they're different people or the same.
8   bob2356   2017 Oct 27, 11:23am  

WookieMan says

If you're talking about username Oil, I'm pretty sure that's the Hong Kong bot that spammed the site last week.

Could be true, but some of the oil posts are word for word piggy as are a good number of the anonymous posters. But on the other hand piggy just regurgitates the right wing blogsphere nonsense word for word anyway so I guess it doesn't matter who is recycling the trash onto patnet.
9   anonymous   2017 Oct 27, 5:56pm  

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
10   MisdemeanorRebel   2017 Oct 27, 6:03pm  

Should be in Iceland.

Love that there were so few cops, they couldn't protect the Althing from a few ten thousand protesters. The country that flipped the bird to bank bailouts and imprisoned bankers and neoliberal politicians was the first one to recover from the Crisis.
11   anonymous   2017 Oct 27, 6:11pm  

That government is best which governs least.
12   Patrick   2024 Feb 11, 4:37pm  

Nice to know that there are other archive sites, like archive.is in Iceland and this one which I just noticed: https://archive.fo/
13   AmericanKulak   2024 Feb 11, 6:32pm  

Now if they would only undelete all the Taylor Lorenz 2000s content. (A relative of hers is on this project and made sure nothing she wrote before she magically got a job at WaPo exists)

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