Bottom line: The Internet Archive is safe to use.
Internet Archive has always been interested in protecting the privacy of our patrons. We try not to record IP addresses, and when Edward Snowden showed that traffic going over the open Internet was not safe from government spying we turned on encryption by default on our web services. Unfortunately, some of the encryption software we use (along with more than half the sites on the internet) was vulnerable due to the “Heartbleed” bug; we have upgraded our software to fix this issue.
A bit more detail: A common piece of code, OpenSSL, was revealed to have a security bug that allowed anyone on the Internet to probe a vulnerable server and read a set of information that happens to be in RAM in that remote process. This could be used to read a site’s “private key” which would allow a bad actor that could intercept traffic to impersonate a website via what is called a “man in the middle” attack. If a site’s past encrypted traffic had been recorded, then it might be possible to go back now with the private key and see what happened in those past web sessions. If you would like a more thorough explanation of “Heartbleed” you can watch a video overview.
Some of the Internet Archive’s web services did use the vulnerable version of OpenSSL up until yesterday. At this point the Internet Archive’s services have been upgraded and we will be renewing our private key in case that was compromised. On some of our services we have used “perfect forward secrecy” so even if our private key had been taken, and someone had recorded past traffic, and if they cared enough to try to then discover what had been read, they would still not be able to get it. We will be implementing this on all services in the future.
Never a dull day!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
6:30 pm Reception
7:30 pm Film
300 Funston Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
Join film archivist Rick Prelinger for the first-ever East Bay-focused presentation in his lauded series of ‘Lost Landscapes’ screenings: a montage of rediscovered and rarely-seen film clips showing the Oakland of yore, captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen, and industrial filmmakers. Prelinger, the founder of the legendary Prelinger Archives and guest curator for the exhibition Bay Motion: Capturing San Francisco Bay on Film, has become known for annual ‘Lost Landscapes’ screenings that have happened in San Francisco and Detroit. This program combines eclectic content with vibrant discussion and audience participation.
Please come early to reserve your seat. Seating is limited and available on a first-come first serve basis.
Open Library will be down from 5:00PM to 6:00PM SF time (PDT, UTC/GMT -7 hours) on April 1, 2014 due to a scheduled hardware maintenance.
We’ll post updates here and on @openlibrary twitter.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Happy April Fool’s Day! We couldn’t think of a better day to launch the fully redesigned TV News Archive.
This research library, originally released in September 2012, is a free service provided as a way to enhance the capabilities of journalists, scholars, teachers, librarians, civic organizations and other engaged citizens. It repurposes closed captioning to enable users to search, quote and borrow from the Internet Archive’s collection of 500,000+ US TV news broadcasts aired since 2009.
The new interface has been designed to give users better access to this collection, and to provide new tools that enable users to share short clips from any broadcast and track play and share statistics of those clips over time.
Here’s a quick overview of the site’s features; we hope they serve you well.
Search transcripts of US TV news shows aired since 2009
- Search with topical terms to return shows with corresponding transcripts. Remember, you are searching the words spoken in the show.
- Use the advanced search tool (click the icon) to specify a network or show name, or sort your search results.
- Refer to the “info” panel throughout the site for details about your search results, related topics and other stats.
Scan and view show segments
- Shows are presented in 60 second segments, each with a video and corresponding transcript text.
- Scroll left and right to scan through segments of a show; search terms are highlighted in transcript text.
- To search within a show transcript text try Ctrl + F ( + F on mac) to search inside the page. (scrollable transcripts are coming soon!)
Share and embed short clips (aka quotes) from a show
- Shareable quotes are limited to 60 seconds. Refine your quote selection by clicking the “Edit” button and dragging the handles.
- Click a social media button (or 2x the embed button) to finalize and share your quote.
- Your quote will be assigned a permalink. You can always come back to see it!
Track popularity of show quotes shared over time
- Quotes with a unique start and stop time within a show will be tracked to see how often they are re-shared or played.
- View a specific quote by saving or sharing its unique permalink, or you can browse quotes from shows on the TV News Archive site by looking for the icon.
Borrow full shows on DVD
- Borrow shows (click the icon on any show detail page) from the Internet Archive library on a DVD-ROM for 30 days for a $25 processing fee.
- Internet Archive does not sell or license this content. Please note that this is a copyrighted work and performance, copying, or sale, whether or not for profit, by the recipient is not authorized.
Open Library will be down from 4:00PM to 4:30PM SF time (PDT, UTC/GMT -7 hours) on March 25, 2014 due to a scheduled hardware maintenance.
We’ll post updates here and on @openlibrary twitter.
Thank you for your cooperation.
On Monday, March 10, the Internet Archive and the American Library Association with the assistance of the law firm Goodwin Proctor filed a “friend of the court” brief in David Leon Riley v. State of California and United States v. Brima Wurie, two Supreme Court cases examining the constitutionality of cell phone searches after police arrests. In the amicus brief, both nonprofit organizations argue that warrantless cell phone searches violate privacy principles protected by the Fourth Amendment.
Both cases began when police officers searched the cell phones of defendants Riley and Wurie without obtaining a warrant. The searches recovered texts, videos, photos, and telephone numbers that were later used as evidence. The Supreme Court of California found the cell phone search lawful in Riley’s case, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, in Boston, reached the opposite conclusion and reversed Wurie’s conviction.
In the brief, the Internet Archive and the American Library Association argue that reading choices are at the heart of the expectation of personal privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment. Allowing police officers to rummage through the smartphones of arrestees is akin to giving government officials permission to search a person’s entire library and reading history.
“Today’s cell phones are much more than simple dialing systems—they are mobile libraries, holding our books, photos, banking information, favorite websites and private conversations,” said Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association. “The Constitution does not give law enforcement free rein to search unlawfully through our private records.”
“The fact that technology has made it easy to carry voluminous sensitive and personal information in our pockets does not suddenly grant law enforcement unchecked availability to it in the case of an arrest,” said Brewster Kahle, founder and digital librarian of Internet Archive. “Constitutional checks are placed on the search of, for instance, a personal physical library and these checks should also apply to the comparably vast and personally sensitive stores of data held on our phones.”
William Jay, Goodwin Procter partner and counsel of record on the amicus brief, added: “The Supreme Court has recognized that people don’t lose all privacy under the Fourth Amendment when they’re arrested. And one of the strongest privacy interests is the right not to have the government peer at what you’re reading, without a good reason and a warrant. We are pleased to have the chance to represent both traditional and Internet libraries, which have a unique ability to show the Supreme Court why our electronic bookshelves deserve the same protection as our home bookshelves.”
“In my experience as a former federal prosecutor, a person’s smartphone is one of the things law enforcement are most eager to search after an arrest,” said Goodwin Procter partner Grant Fondo, a co-author of the brief. “This is because it holds so many different types of important personal information, telling law enforcement what the arrested person has been doing over the past few weeks, months, and even years—who they have been in contact with, what they read, and where they have been. Simply because this information is now all contained in a small smartphone we carry with us, rather than at home, should not take the search of this information outside the scope of one of our most important Constitutional protections—the right to protection from warrantless searches.”
Internet Archive would like to heartily thank William Jay, Grant Fondo, and Goodwin Proctor for helping introduce an important library perspective as the Court considers these two cases with critical implications for civil liberties.
The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, launched in 2001, was named after Mr. Peabody’s WABAC machine from the 1960s cartoon Rocky and Bullwinkle. This Friday we are going to celebrate our own time travel machine by going to see a movie about the original.
“Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time.” (see imdb page)
While tracking down your old Geocities page may not have world-changing consequences, we still think it’s pretty cool.
Please join us for dinner and a movie!
March 7, 2014
Dinner at 5pm
300 Funston Ave
San Francisco, CA 94121
Depart for movie around 6:15 for a 7pm show time at AMC Van Ness.