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Archive Team: A Distributed Preservation of Service Attack —

I asked for the nicest presentation space at DEFCON, I got a nice rented tux, and I steeled myself up to give my all onstage.  And it paid off! May I proudly present my DEFCON 19 talk: Archive Team: A Distributed Preservation of Service Attack.

Here’s the full talk on YouTube:

And here’s the full talk on Vimeo:

I’m really happy with how this came out. Issues with anything I have to say will come from content, not form. I’m sure I’ll get the usual “woah, profanity” complaints, but fuck those guys. The core messages, I think, come off really well: the importance and relevance of user-generated content, the mission of Archive Team in this time of great data destruction, and how at the end of the day, computer data is a human story, worthwhile of preservation. It may be the most energetic preaching of data preservation in modern times. I hope it spreads far and wide.

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  1. Great talk indeed. I found the soy sauce factory story particularly touching. And I’m glad those people are getting back on their feet. I enjoyed how you developed all the presentation from there.


  2. Joel says:

    Saw the presentation in person. Defcon was fantastic this year. The Rio is a phenomenal space. I went to a number of presents in the Penn and Teller theater and yours was very worthy of that space both in presentation and content. Thanks!


  3. Bruno says:

    The dead sites you mentioned in your talk: what reference can I use to find them?

  4. Alkivar says:

    great talk Jason, glad to see you are putting your internet archiving skills to good use!

  5. Swizzle says:

    Awesome presentation – you really nail it every time and I always learn a lot from them. Keep up the great work!

    I started to think about ways I could get more involved with archiving history – but now I’m stuck wandering around Telehack. It’s like playing Civilization… I keep thinking to myself — I’ll just do one more turn — and all of a sudden it’s 12 hours later.

  6. Gary says:

    Great talk, Jason. My brother just passed away a couple of years ago and I’ve been trying to figure out how to archive his data — looks like his old website is offline so I need to ask the family what they’d like to do. Do you know who to contact re the Away From Keyboard archives?

    kind regards,