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The Economist on Saving the Digital World

The explosive growth of internet services such as e-mail, music downloads, video streaming, internet television and, above all, the web itself, with its multitude of applications, has overwhelmed the digital world’s capacity to reflect upon what has passed before. For instance, no screen shots survive of the world’s first web page, the one that actually launched the World Wide Web on August 6th 1991. The original URL merely redirects visitors to a modern site which provides details of Tim Berners-Lee’s seminal achievements at CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. http://www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2012/07/digital-archives-0