As the presidency of Trump seems to loom ever larger, The Internet Archive has taken precautions. Precautions against a presidency that, if Trump’s previous actions dictate future behavior, will attempt to control free flow of information on the internet. The Internet Archive is a nonprofit charity organization that does not want its many archived moments in internet history to be destroyed – as such, it’s moved to Canada.
“Moved to Canada” is more of a popular phrase we’re using here than it is a literal translation of what’s happening. The Internet Archive has several mirrors up right now, and Canada is set to be its next. This move is taking place specifically because of the new presidential elect Trump here in the United States.
“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,” said The Internet Archive’s founder, Brewster Kahle.
“So this year, we have set a new goal: to create a copy of Internet Archive’s digital collections in another country. We are building the Internet Archive of Canada because, to quote our friends at LOCKSS, “lots of copies keep stuff safe.”” To this end, The Internet Archive is linking users to their donations page where tax-deductible donations can be made.
The Internet Archive is currently mirrored at archive.org and Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Headquarters are officially at the Richmond District and in San Francisco, California, USA. Archive data centers are housed in San Francisco, Redwood City, and Richmond. It’s suggested that a facility in Amsterdam also houses a mirror.
While it’s not clear how Trump will attempt to affect the way we access the internet, his hand will play that card when the time is right. He’s made many claims about how free he believes the internet should be, and the picture he’s painted has never been pretty.