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Entire Internet Will Be Backed Up In Canada Thanks To Trump

Shelby Chau / December 9, 2016

Prior to being President-elect, Donald Trump made some surprising yet frightening claims regarding the Internet while on his campaign trail. During a speech in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, Trump talked about how terrorist organizations such as Isis were using social media to recruit new members.

 

 

He went on to say, “We’re losing a lot of people because of the Internet. We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing the Internet in some way. Some will say, ‘Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people – we have a lot of foolish people.” Yeah, this is the future President of the United States talking and he sounds like that technologically illiterate uncle who you invite to Christmas dinner just out of pity.

 

What Trump is proposing is not an entirely obscure concept you see, North Korea is guilty too. Who doesn’t want to follow in their footsteps right? Kidding. Also, in 2011 Egypt did it during the riots, the government halted or restricted Internet usage and traffic. China is also known to block websites that don’t conform to the traditional ideals and values held by the government.

 

Trump’s statements regarding the Internet show just how little he understands the complex systems that are currently in place; it’s simply not as easy as flipping a switch to turn things on and off.

 

 

So here we are today, a not-for-profit company called The Internet Archive has agreed to back up the entirety of the Internet in Canada. A spokesperson for the organization said the following, calling on its generous donors, “This project will cost millions. So this is the one time of the year I will ask you, please make a tax deductible donation to help make sure The Internet Archive lasts forever.”

 

The Archive has 1000 terabytes of storage and offers free public access to all of it. In The Archive, you will find massive amounts of digitized materials including, but not limited to, websites, applications, games, movies, music, and almost 3,000,000 books and texts in the public domain.

 

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