On July 27, the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web (FFDW) announced that it would support an initiative with Harvard University’s Library Innovation Lab (LIL) called the “Democratizing Open Knowledge” program. With support from FFDW, LIL plans to explore decentralized technologies capable of preserving digital information.
Democratize open knowledge
While there is a lot of information to consume in 2022, it is difficult to verify what is legit and there is great distrust of mainstream media sources. In the United States, for example, levels of American trust in the media hit record highs in a recent Gallup poll released this month. Among American adults surveyed, only 16% said they had “somewhat” confidence in today’s news publications, and only 11% trusted television news. Additionally, over the past few years, there has also been a lot of misinformation and debate over technical definitions.
For example, last week, the term “recession” became a controversial topic over definition when the White House published two blog posts that show the government’s description of the meaning of the word. Then, on July 27, over a 24-hour period, Wikipedia’s definition of the word recession was revised dozens of times. Wikipedia revisions continue to this day, and the Wiki page notes that “media released an outdated version of this article.” By simply mining the data recorded on archive.org, for virtually every month of the year apart from July, the archived data shows that the definition of the word recession has changed significantly since then.
On Wednesday, the Filecoin Foundation for the Decentralized Web (FFDW) revealed that it is working with Harvard University’s Library Innovation Lab (LIL) to preserve digital information through decentralized technologies. LIL and Harvard’s FFDW will contribute to the “Democratizing Open Knowledge” program, which aims to help libraries “share knowledge through technology.” Technologies include specific tools like the Filecoin network and the Interplanetary File System (IPFS). Wednesday’s announcement further details that FFDW will help LIL advance the idea of increasing access to information through decentralized technologies.
“FFDW is on a mission to preserve humanity’s most important information,” FFDW President and CEO Marta Belcher explained in a statement. “This collaboration will allow the Library Innovation Lab to explore how decentralized technologies can solve real-world challenges to preserving critical data, and we are excited to support the library’s open knowledge democratization program,” Belcher added.
FFDW says Harvard’s LIL already has a strong track record in “protecting and improving access” to information
IPFS is essentially a peer-to-peer (P2P) system for storing and accessing files, websites, applications, and data in a distributed file system. Filecoin is an open-source blockchain created by Protocol Labs and is built on top of the IPFS distributed network. Filecoin’s native crypto-asset (FIL) has risen 47.3% against the US dollar in the past 24 hours, and FIL has risen 67.1% in the past 14 days. In late May, Protocol Labs said it was working with Maryland-based defense and aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin to bring decentralized storage concepts to space.
According to FFDW’s announcement last Wednesday, LIL and FFDW plan to combat link rot, explore the creation of strong dark archives, and protect valuable research data. LIL has already created tools and websites like perma.cc, opencasebook.org and the LIL Caselaw Access Project. Through collaborative efforts, LIL and FFDW want to determine how technology can help establish “trusted sources” and the “long-term preservation of digital information.”
What do you think of the FFDW and LIL initiative to preserve digital information? Do you think technology can help decentralize access to today’s information and make it more reliable? Let us know what you think about this topic in the comments section below.
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