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Blog Archive for the ‘Digital Dark Age’ Category

10 Petabytes and Growing: The Internet Archive

by Austin Brown on June 3rd, 02013

The Internet Archive seeks to offer universal access to all knowledge.  Jonathan Minard and Deepspeed Media recently created Archive, a short documentary exploring how they’re slowly but steadily achieving this ambitious goal. Internet Archive from Deepspeed media on Vimeo.

Our Digital Afterlives

by Charlotte Hajer on April 22nd, 02013

In 02006, Long Now Board Member David Eagleman wrote in Nature: There is no afterlife, but a version of us lives on nonetheless. At the beginning of the computer era, people died with passwords in their heads and no one could access their files. When access to these files was critical, companies could grind to…  Read More

O’Reilly Talks about Digital Preservation

by Charlotte Hajer on April 2nd, 02013

Former SALT speaker Tim O’Reilly recently shared the video of a talk he gave on digital preservation at the Library of Congress in 02011. Discussing some of his own “personal failures” to archive O’Reilly Media’s early projects, O’Reilly here emphasizes the importance of preserving digital information and resources in a world where printed matter may…  Read More

Danny Hillis: We need a backup internet

by Austin Brown on March 19th, 02013

Speaking at TED earlier this year, Long Now co-founder Danny Hillis described the early days of networked computing – a time when one could register “think.com” on a whim and everyone with an email address or a domain could be listed in a single book. He explained that the design of the Internet Protocol and the early…  Read More

Reviving and Restoring Digital Art

by Charlotte Hajer on February 27th, 02013

With the ever-accelerating evolution of hardware and software, we stand to lose much more than reels of data. A vast collection of computer art risks slipping into digital darkness, as well. Concerned about this impending loss, NYU student Matthew Epler recently founded the ReCode project: a community-driven effort to create an active archive for the…  Read More

TimesMachine: “All the News That Was Fit to Print”

by Austin Brown on February 13th, 02013

If you’re a fan of this video showing a years’ worth of front pages for NYTimes.com, or the Way Back Machine, which allows you to browse the internet of the past, you might also love a project released by the New York Times today: The TimesMachine. TimesMachine can take you back to any issue from Volume…  Read More

Preserving Virtual Worlds

by Catherine Borgeson on November 1st, 02012

“This is our history, and just a handful of people are saving it.” — PixelVixen707, screen name of “Rachael Webster,” a fictional character in the alternate reality game Personal Effects: Dark Art Virtual games are becoming cultural artifacts. Yes, they are commodities, (the global market for video games is forecast to hit $82 billion by…  Read More

Decoding Long-Term Data Storage

by Charlotte Hajer on October 12th, 02012

If human societies are founded on the accumulation of knowledge through the ages, then the long-term transmission of information must be the cornerstone of a durable civilization. And as we accelerate ever more rapidly in our expansion of knowledge and technological capability, the development of durable storage methods becomes ever more important. In the process…  Read More

Decaying Web

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on September 30th, 02012

  Tom Chatfield from BBC online writes about the newest flavor of the digital dark age…  Lost tweets and social media: On January 28 2011, three days into the fierce protests that would eventually oust the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, a Twitter user called Farrah posted a link to a picture that supposedly showed an…  Read More

Cultural Memories in the Digital World

by Charlotte Hajer on September 19th, 02012

A book is much more than a collection of information. It is also a physical object, and this materiality plays an important role in shaping the way we relate to literature. Think of how the pages of your favorite story feel between your fingers, and the way its spine creases as you immerse yourself further…  Read More