Security & Privacy

Internet Archive creates Canadian back up plan in wake of Donald Trump election win

In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, the security of the web has been called into question.

The Internet Archive, a San-Francisco based digital library non-profit, is creating a Canadian archive to ensure the preservation its several petabytes of data.

The non-profit began collecting donations on November 29th for the Internet Archive of Canada, which is designed to create a copy of the archive outside the U.S.

“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,” writes founder Brewster Kahle.

“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,” continued Kahle. 

The Internet Archive implements several different preservation efforts spanning several mediums. As of 2012, the entire archive held approximately 12 petabytes of data. The Internet Archive is responsible for running the more widely known Wayback Machine.

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