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Digital decay has claimed nearly 40 percent of webpages from 2013


Still Waters

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Have you been looking for an article you read several years ago but just cant find it? If it was written in 2013, there is a good chance it has simply disappeared from the internet. That’s according to new research from the Pew Research Centre which found that nearly 40 percent of all webpages created in 2013 are no longer accessible because of “digital decay”.

Far from being indelible creations, the new analysis demonstrates just how fleeting online content really is. Digital decay the gradual degradation, corruption or obsolescence of digital information over time.  

https://www.iflscience.com/digital-decay-has-claimed-nearly-40-percent-of-webpages-from-2013-74377

The report is published on the Pew Research Centre website.  

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19 minutes ago, Still Waters said:

Have you been looking for an article you read several years ago but just cant find it? If it was written in 2013, there is a good chance it has simply disappeared from the internet. That’s according to new research from the Pew Research Centre which found that nearly 40 percent of all webpages created in 2013 are no longer accessible because of “digital decay”.

Far from being indelible creations, the new analysis demonstrates just how fleeting online content really is. Digital decay the gradual degradation, corruption or obsolescence of digital information over time.  

https://www.iflscience.com/digital-decay-has-claimed-nearly-40-percent-of-webpages-from-2013-74377

The report is published on the Pew Research Centre website.  

So much for the longevity of the cloud, huh?  Perhaps the future use of crystals for optical data storage will lessen the problem?

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  …is digital information created in 2013  decaying more than 2012 or 2014 info?   :huh:

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Oh thank goodness. 

There's a chance all my stupid posts won't hang around for eternity.

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22 hours ago, GlitterRose said:

Oh thank goodness. 

There's a chance all my stupid posts won't hang around for eternity.

Don't worry, we will all be checking here:
https://wayback-api.archive.org/

Harte

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So, if we ever reach the age of downloading Consciousness...it's not really eternal after all is it?  One day they find you staring at the wall just the way you were before they downloaded your Conscious Memories ten years ago.  What goes around comes back around!  Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, digital to decay...

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