The Atlantic: Future Historians Probably Won’t Understand Our Internet, and That’s Okay

The Atlantic: Future Historians Probably Won’t Understand Our Internet, and That’s Okay. “In a new paper, ‘Stewardship in the ‘Age of Algorithms,’’ Clifford Lynch, the director of the Coalition for Networked Information, argues that the paradigm for preserving digital artifacts is not up to the challenge of preserving what happens on social networks. Over the last 40 years, archivists have begun to gather more digital objects—web pages, PDFs, databases, kinds of software. There is more data about more people than ever before, however, the cultural institutions dedicated to preserving the memory of what it was to be alive in our time, including our hours on the internet, may actually be capturing less usable information than in previous eras.”