After Trump’s win, a digital resistance of sorts begins

The Internet Archive, the nonprofit based in San Francisco that has been chronicling the internet for decades, is building a digital replica of its archive in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, reports Venture Beat. The project is expected to cost “millions.”

The organization’s large database, which includes e-books, video games, websites and other digital content, wants to prepare for a web “that may face greater restrictions,” the organization said.

Brewster Kahle, the Internet Archive’s founder, told Venture Beat:

The history of libraries is one of loss…The Library of Alexandria is best known for its disappearance. Libraries like ours are susceptible to different fault lines: earthquakes, legal regimes, institutional failure.

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. It means serving patrons in a world in which government surveillance is not going away; indeed it looks like it will increase.

Throughout history, libraries have fought against terrible violations of privacy — where people have been rounded up simply for what they read.  At the Internet Archive, we are fighting to protect our readers’ privacy in the digital world.

Others are responding to the political climate in different ways.

There is now a Google Chrome extension, created by an advertising professional based in New York, that will change the term “alt-right” to “white supremacy,” according to The Huffington Post. The extension makes the word swap on Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Google and other online pages.

And in time for the shopping season, there is a new Boycott Trump app, “a searchable, alphabetical list of companies and businesses with ties to Trump’s business empire,” as TechCrunch describes it.

Among the brands listed is Clorox Bleach. Why? It was a sponsor of “Celebrity Apprentice,” the reality TV show that used to feature Trump.

As for the Trump Tower Atrium, a restaurant, it too is listed for boycotting because it is owned by Trump.

Above: Trump Tower (BRYAN R. SMITH/AFP/Getty Images)


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  • Left Exposed

    Translating into the everyday English: Brewster Kahle really hates Donald Trump. Not being a blunt talker, he chose the passive aggressive way to convey his point of view through this expensive proposition. Now donors, pay up!