Better journalism through memory: The Wayback Machine and the history of the Web (Sponsored by Knight Foundation)

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Mark Graham of Internet Archive
  • Date/Time: Thursday, Jun. 14 at 9:00am
  • Location: Oceans 9-10
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

As numerous events over the past year have demonstrated the usefulness and importance of the web and other digital media archives, and the Wayback Machine, in particular, is growing.

Mark Graham will explain these topics and provide real-world examples of various ways journalists and investigators can use the Wayback Machine to help answer questions and gather evidence to back-up claims. Participants will gain actionable experience they can immediately apply to their jobs. At the same time, we will collectively explore new services the Internet Archive might explore and develop, to advance our mission of helping to make the Web more useful and reliable. In addition, we will explore how the Internet Archive's TV News archive can help journalists by giving them the ability to interface with video as data, and conduct research and analysis that was so difficult it was nearly impossible just two years ago. 

Speaker Bios

  • Mark Graham has created and managed innovative online products and services since 1984. As Director of the Wayback Machine he is responsible for capturing, preserving and helping people discover and use, more than 1.5 billion new web captures each week. Mark was most recently Senior Vice President with NBC News Digital where he managed several business units including GardenWeb & Stringwire, a live, mobile, video platform for collaborative citizen reporting. @markgaham

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