Save the Endangered Chinese Internet

A Master student from Rutgers University (Dave Lyons) is planning a digital library of significant and endangered Chinese Internet content. The idea is that future generations of researchers interested in studying contemporary China will need access material that only existed digitally (e.g. when studying events such as the Xiamen PX incident, human flesh search engines, the ant farmers scandal, etc.).

Another interesting part of the project would actually be to save, one way or another, content published and then censored (e.g. in chat rooms). The project raises some interesting questions: what are critical webpages or what criteria should be used for inclusion in such a collection.