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Canadian
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Not involved in the Internet
Archive’s plan.

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Wattie/Reuters


Donald Trump won’t be sworn in as US President until January, but
one major internet organization is already making back-up plans,
literally.

The Internet Archive, a San Francisco non-profit that
maintains one of the world’s largest library of cached web
sites, said on Tuesday that it was planning to create a copy of
its archives in Canada, out of the reach of the incoming US
government. 


“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,” Brewster Kahle, founder of the Internet
Archive


wrote

in a blog post published on
Tuesday.

“For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe,
private and perpetually accessible. It means preparing for a Web
that may face greater restrictions.”


You might know the Internet Archive because of
the Wayback Machine
, or
the most common way for people to find old copies of websites
dating back as much as 20 years. The organization also maintains
a massive collection of political TV ads and
e-books. 


Trump’s views on free
speech
have raised worries among many people, and
he 

has said he’d like to “open up” libel laws
so he can punish journalists who write negative things about
him. 

Presumably, if the Internet Archive had a Canada-based
operation, controversial documents would stay online in the event
that US censorship laws became more restrictive under Trump.
 Kahle also points to the possibility that government
surveillance may increase under a Trump administration as another
reason for the move. 

“Throughout history, libraries have fought against terrible
violations of privacy—where people have been rounded up simply
for what they read.”

Kahle said the plan to build a copy of the internet archive
in Canada will cost “millions” and he asked supporters to donate
money to help fund the effort. 

“We still need to pay for the increasing costs of servers,
staff and rent,” Kahle wrote.