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Mexico Makes Data Deposit to Arctic 'Doomsday' Vault

Paul Blake - ABC News
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April 11, 2017

Inside a former coal mine, on a frozen island a few hundred miles from the North Pole, an effort is underway to preserve humanity’s most valuable data.

A data preservation firm called Piql has opened what it is billing as "the safest place on the planet for a 'digital embassy'" to hold critical information for humanity, in case of global disaster.

The apocalypse time capsule, known officially as the Arctic World Archive, is housed in a mine on the island of Svalbard – a small archipelago well north of its owner, Norway.

Piql says that it has already received data from Brazil, Mexico and Norway, which it will be able to preserve for hundreds of years and protect from nuclear and electronic attack.

...The Mexicans deposited their constitution, declaration of independence and other documents they said have historical and cultural significance.

Bjerkstrand said that the archive would protect these historical resources and other forms of "the globe’s most valuable data from future catastrophes, war and cyberattack as well as future technological obsolescence."

Data, Piql says, is stored on a proprietary film it has developed, making it impervious to attack or alteration.

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