China’s National Library to Archive 200 Billion Weibo Posts — Sixth Tone

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— by Wang Yiwei: The project’s purported aim is to preserve digital culture for academic research and ‘national strategy.’

The National Library of China will archive over 200 billion Weibo posts as part of a project launched Friday that aims to build a comprehensive record of internet data and preserve China’s digital footprint.

“The project is established for the long-term development of national information security and the informatization of society,” Rao Quan, director of the NLC, said in a speech Friday. The project’s instigator and first partner, Chinese technology giant Sina, will contribute 210 million news articles and 200 billion Weibo microblog posts to the archive “for further research,” according to Rao…

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April 23, 2019

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