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Poster: Alison OK Date: Jan 4, 2019 11:18am
Forum: news Subject: Columbia Journalism Review: Backing up Brazil’s internet so Bolsonaro can’t censor it

Unless you like to look at old websites or video games, you probably don’t think much about The Internet Archive, a project that was founded by tech pioneer Brewster Kahle in 1996, in an ambitious attempt to back up as much of the internet as possible. But the site and its efforts are becoming more and more important, as links rot and totalitarian governments and dictators around the world crack down on free speech. To take just one example, the Archive is working on backing up as many Brazilian websites as it can, after a number of requests from those worried about the impact the new government of Jair Bolsonaro could have on certain kinds of information. In a tweet this week, Jason Scott— who works as a curator for the Archive—put a call out to anyone with Brazilian content, asking them to either upload it directly to the Archive, or even to mail hard drives to the San Francisco-based organization.

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