LOC is down. Archive.org remains up. What can this teach us?

Élan Vital 2013-10-01

Thanks to the US government shutdown, the Library of Congress website went down today.  So did the National Park Service site.  On the other hand, privately-run websites such as the Internet Archive (and, thankfully, its glorious Wayback Machine!) remain online and unaffected by these sorts of government changes.

As we plan for making our Internet more robust in the future, we should make sure to avoid single (or small-group) points of failure, as even services run by major corporations or governments can go offline in a hurry.  (People who live their lives on Google tools: I’m looking at you :-)

Wikipedia itself should be sure to support a thriving mirror network, and should probably move towards a fully distributed cache-and-forward model where possible.