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Opinion | The Internet is key to saving Ukraine’s history

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The Library of Alexandria in Egypt Never destroyed But at least three times — burning the accident at first and deliberately at the end. The loss of the greatest mountain of knowledge in the ancient world may be the most famous example of culture as a wartime victim, but this phenomenon continues. Thankfully for Ukraine, there is one difference today. That is the existence of the Internet.

Archivists and librarians around the world I have been working on cataloging From policy papers and census data stores Poetry Museum To a Soviet-era club that teaches children how to operate a railroad. Leading the way is a team of 1,300 dubbed volunteers. Preserving Ukrainian heritage onlineIt is estimated that we have backed up more than 3,500 pages so far. I’m tipping in at other places as well. Threats to these resources range from bombs that destroy servers to cyber attacks that destroy servers. There is also the risk of self-censorship from those who fear being targeted, and if the invasion succeeds in overthrowing the government in Kyiv, the new regime could erase what the past part of Ukraine does not match Russia’s distorted story. There is sex.

This last point explains why the task of preserving physical and virtual history as well is so important in Ukraine. Russian President Vladimir Putin seems determined not only to defeat the country, but to deny it. The material that the archivist collects from the Web helps to accurately compose the Ukrainian heritage that he claims does not exist. Part of the history of Ukraine, in which the Soviet Union is involved, also needs to be preserved. For example, see sites accessible to researchers. KGB recordJust in case, what the SUCHO archivist downloaded was a few days before the website became inaccessible.

All of this was possible in the digital age. As Stanford University organizer and academic technology expert Quinn Donbrowski told us, participants’ international executives jumped into Kieu to secure valuable relics and documents abroad. I could hardly smuggle into. She and her cohort Donald Trump’s 2016 Post-Election Efforts To preserve the scientific information about climate change posted on the U.S. Government’s website — certainly Had disappeared Immediately after taking office. These events remind us of how adaptable and potentially lasting the Internet is, as long as people take appropriate steps to protect it.

If the war has already begun, these steps do not have to occur as scrambles. Dombrowski compares the labor of her group with early photographs of the war of Ukrainian citizens making Molotov cocktails from beer bottles and hand sanitizers. “It’s a love story, but it’s a story of infrastructure failure.” The Internet makes history a little safer in the world by introducing opportunities to back up information before a bomb falls or an earthquake strikes. Provided a tool to keep in. Governments, universities and other institutions should start using it.

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