President-elect Donald Trump has campaigned on the threat of press censorship, leading some to fear for the continued freedom of the Internet. Now, a non-profit group has vowed to archive the entire Internet outside the United States.
“The history of libraries is one of loss,” the Internet Archive, a group that has archived the net for 20 years, began in a statement posted Nov. 29.
The post continued:
On November 9th 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.
For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible. It means preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions.
According to Vice, the group has decided to archive the entire Internet and store it in Canada. The project will cost millions of dollars, and the Archive is now seeking donations.
According to The Verge, as of 2012, Facebook’s entire photo and video collection alone totaled over 100 petabytes of data. A petabyte is equivalent to 1 billion gigabytes.
Sen. Jeff Session, a Republican from Alabama and Trump’s appointee for incoming U.S. Attorney General, is a proponent of governmental surveillance, notes The Verge.
"Coming from a law enforcement background, I believe this is a more serious issue than Tim Cook understands," Sessions said in February during a Congressional hearing over Apple’s rebuke of an FBI request to unlock the cellphone of a terrorist involved in the San Bernardino attack. "In a criminal case, or could be a life and death terrorist case, accessing a phone means the case is over. Time and time again, that kind of information results in an immediate guilty plea, case over."
“We need to be prepared for a full frontal assault on the right to encrypt in 2017,” Kevin Bankston, director of the Open Technology Institute, said. “It's time for folks who care about cybersecurity, privacy, innovation and the tech economy to start digging trenches.”