The Internet is rotting! Every day millions of links from websites, PDFs, and search engine results become broken un-resolving 404 messages. This isn’t a new problem. The Internet has always been a sea of websites that come and go as servers age, businesses change priorities and new information arises. Our dependence on access to information that exists primarily online has changed. A constantly shifting sea of broken links represents a potential loss of human knowledge in a world where consistent access to knowledge is critical.
Can this knowledge be preserved? How does the dominance of social media and corporate control of the Internet impact what knowledge is available?
This session will discuss:
• ‘Link Rot’ and ‘Content Drift’ - definitions and their causes.
• Academic work currently assessing the problem.
• Initiatives underway to preserve the Internet.