The web is decentralized and fluid by design, but all that chaos and ephemerality can make it difficult to keep a site up and online without interruption. That's what has made the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine feature so invaluable over the years, maintaining a history of long-forgotten pages. Now its deep memory will help make sure the sites you visit never go down, through a partnership with the internet infrastructure company Cloudflare. Since 2010, Cloudflare has offered a feature called Always On, which caches a static version of sites that it can serve to visitors in case of downtime. Always On was one of CloudFlare's original offerings; John Graham-Cumming, the company's chief technology officer, says the infrastructure powering it was due to be rearchitected.
The BBC is archiving thousands of recipes from its website in what many are claiming as an act of cultural vandalism. The corporation has said they'll continue to be available – but what if they weren't? Many people often claim that "nothing is truly deleted" on the internet. That saying isn't as true as it might seem – things often do get deleted from the internet, and our information is being gradually degraded because we are often too lax about protecting it. But noble people are working to keep as much of that knowledge as possible alive.
You know that thing where you're reading something interesting but then you see a super interesting link and you're like, yeah, I'm gonna click the shit out of this, and then you do, and your computer fritzes, blinks at you, and then you get a 404 error? Internet Archive has built a tool to make that stop happening. Internet Archive has long chronicled deceased web pages with the Wayback Machine, allowing users to access stuff that is no longer readily available. But, of course, users would have to know about the Wayback Machine and how to use it. Now Internet Archive has built a Wayback Machine Chrome extension.
It can be hard to find sites that have disappeared from the Internet. But the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine is on the verge of rolling out a feature that will make tracking down dead websites much easier, according to Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle. The Wayback Machine has been helping people see past Internet sites over the past 15 years, but searchers always needed to know the URL of a website to find the archived copies. Soon, however, you'll be able to use keyword searches to find old websites -- in fact, you can already test it out through a public beta. The new search feature is not quite like Google, where all the text on each page on a website is indexed to help with searches.
While many have threatened to move to Canada in the wake of the election, the Internet Archive is actually doing it. The nonprofit, which runs the Wayback Machine and other online archives, announced Tuesday that it would be soliciting donations in order to create a copy of its collections in Canada. SEE ALSO: What you should know if you're planning a move to Canada In a somber update posted on its website, founder Brewster Kahle cited the need for "keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible" and "preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions" amid mounting government surveillance. "On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change," Kahle wrote. Throughout history, libraries have fought against terrible violations of privacy -- where people have been rounded up simply for what they read."