Stasi files: scanner struggles to stitch together surveillance state scraps (The Guardian)

The Guardian: Stasi files: scanner struggles to stitch together surveillance state scraps. “The world’s biggest jigsaw puzzle may have to be solved by hand, as technology struggles to piece together millions of Stasi files ripped to shreds in the dying days of the East German regime. The government-funded Stasi records agency confirmed this week that it had had to halt an €8m (£7m) project to digitally reassemble the contents of 23 bags stuffed with torn-up documents detailing the activity of the secret police, because the scanning hardware it was using was not advanced enough.”