The Atlantic on the Fragility of Online Data

The Atlantic has an excellent story on how unstable the information on the Web really is. I can think of two recent stories of alt-weeklies or small papers which are in danger and have no kind of plan for saving their online archives. (And nothing’s in the Internet Archive because they were blocking them with robots.txt for ages). “The promise of the web is that Alexandria’s library might be resurrected for the modern world. But today’s great library is being destroyed even as it is being built. Until you lose something big on the Internet, something truly valuable, this paradox can be difficult to understand.”

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