The era of the Hot Internet Startup has been joined by the era of the Hot Internet Shutdown. Not content to enjoy a slow fade, online worlds and sites die in flaming wreckage, short warning, and permanent, irrevocable erasure. That’s the story, but it doesn’t have to end there. A growing collection of people are asking the tough questions, demanding action, and changing where the end lies. Let’s talk about our relationship with these computers and their storage, and what your online world means when someone switches it off.
Jason Scott is the “free-range archivist” at the Internet Archive, where he reaches out to the world and lets them know there’s a non-profit dedicated to saving petabytes of the Internet and digital content. Sometimes he does it very loudly indeed. He is also a documentary filmmaker, historian, and irritant.
Recorded at Build 2013
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