Talks

From COLO To YOLO: CONFESSIONS OF THE ANGRIEST ARCHIVIST

For five years, Archive Team has been aggressively downloading the contents of failing websites and social networks, photocopying the bloated party wreckage of the second Internet Boom, and making huge amounts of noise in questions about what rights user-generated content has in the age of the corporate steamroller. The team mascot, Jason Scott, provides anecdotes, learned behaviors, and fist-shaking rage at where the miracle of the internet has taken us.

  • Jason Scott is a historian, filmmaker, and public speaker who has spent decades collecting all manner of computer lore, stories, artifacts and knowledge. Through his site TEXTFILES.COM, he has provided gigabytes of BBS-era textfiles and web-era graphics and cd-rom data for over 12 years, and is now working with the Internet Archive as a “free-range archivist” to bring in even more historical data for preservation and online access.

    In 2009, he founded the ARCHIVE TEAM, a rogue band of activist archivers downloading at-risk and closing websites of their user data to ensure the work of millions are not lost with the push of a pen on a spreadsheet. A wiki of projects and knowledge is at www.archiveteam.org.

    Photo by Rachel Lovinger