Category Archives: News

DRM for the Web is a Bad Idea

The W3C has been considering a new standard: Encrypted Media Extensions (EME). I asked our crawler folks what the impact of the EME proposal could be to us, and what they came back with seems well reasoned but strongly negative … Continue reading

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Robots.txt meant for search engines don’t work well for web archives

Robots.txt files were invented 20+ years ago to help advise “robots,” mostly search engine web crawlers, which sections of a web site should be crawled and indexed for search. Many sites use their robots.txt files to improve their SEO (search … Continue reading

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A Few Advanced Search Tips

The Internet Archive’s search engine is based on Elastic Search and implemented by Aaron Ximm.  Learning how to use the search engine can help using the website, but also using the command line tools for working with the Internet Archive.  … Continue reading

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Early Macintosh Emulation Comes to the Archive

After offering in-browser emulation of console games, arcade machines, and a range of other home computers, the Internet Archive can now emulate the early models of the Apple Macintosh, the black-and-white, mouse driven computer that radically shifted the future of … Continue reading

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From Spicer to wiretapping to Sweden: does TV news fuel political rhetoric?

Cross posted from MediaShift. A few hours after after Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, compared Syrian President Bashar Assad to Adolf Hitler, saying, “We didn’t use chemical weapons in World War II…You had … someone as despicable as … Continue reading

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Who Blocked the Archive in Jordan?

A new article at the Jordanian news site by Reem Al-Masri tells the story of how the Archive was blocked in the country of Jordan last year and came to be unblocked. Al-Masri highlights many of the problems inherent … Continue reading

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Internet Archive to help First Draft News debunk fake news

We are delighted to announce a new partnership with First Draft News, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to ferreting out misinformation online. In its short existence–it was founded in June 2015–First Draft News has already spearheaded innovative projects that bring together … Continue reading

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Books Donated for MacArthur Foundation 100&Change Challenge from BookMooch Users

Thank you to the people that are starting to send books to the Internet Archive to be digitized.  The Internet Archive digitizes already, but as semifinalists for a $100million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, we are ramping up. Our proposal … Continue reading

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TV News highlights: NATO, Russian influence, coal miners, and more

By Katie Dahl This week’s highlight reel of TV News moments fact-checked by our partners at PolitiFact,, and The Washington Post’s Fact Checker feature the presidential tweet during the congressional hearing about Russian influence on the election, what Germany … Continue reading

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KittenFeed– sometimes a suddenly popular site leverages the Wayback Machine

From of the leader of the Wayback Machine project: Lucy (17 year old girl from SF) setup Press reports suggest she received a cease and desist letter from the Trump organization in New York (update: now that letter is contested). … Continue reading

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