November 29, 2016
The Internet Archive wants to keep its historical record of webpages safe from “a new administration promising radical change.”
The San Francisco-based non-profit digital library organization is asking for donations to undertake a costly project: establishing and building the Internet Archive of Canada which will serve as a copy of its current database.
The plea comes out of fear that president-elect Donald Trump will abolish Net neutrality after taking office as well as make other changes to the Internet.
“On Nov. 9 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,” reads an Internet Archive blog post.
“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.”
The organization has said it will cost millions to fund the endeavor. The donations received would be used to pay for additional servers and staff as well as rent. Those interested in the project can donate here.
Internet Archive, which is responsible for services such as the Wayback Machine, also offers free universal access to books, movies and music, as well as 279 billion archived webpages. It archives some 300 million webpages each week.