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https://boingboing.net/2019/04/04/the-memory-hole-2.html

 

What we found was that the majority of news outlets had not given any thought to even basic strategies for preserving their digital content, and not one was properly saving a holistic record of what it produces. Of the 21 news organizations in our study, 19 were not taking any protective steps at all to archive their web output.

Instead, news organizations have handed over their responsibilities as public stewards to third-party organizations such as the Internet Archive, Google, Ancestry, and ProQuest, which store and distribute copies of news content on remote servers. As such, the news cycle now includes reliance on proprietary organizations with increasing control over the public record. “

All that said, this is an excellent report, and sounds an alarm about the ability of our descendants to make sense of our age. “

 

So sad,

 

Steve Thomas

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