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The early internet is breaking - heres how the World Wide Web from the 90s on will be saved


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The early web looked different than it does today. In the 1990s, the internet was intimate and a bit amateur. Websites were made by everyday people on their personal computers, desktops, with very minimal knowledge of coding or HTML needed. Software becomes obsolete Flash which made much of the early web run, will be shut down in 2020. People stop paying for domain names. Companies like Netscape or GeoCities or MySpace that host websites and online communities go out of business, or get sold (to Yahoo! for example). The internet is not forever, it can break and disappear. Olia Lialina and Dragan Espenschied are part of a growing group of people who preserve and archive our online digital history. They see the web from the 90s and 2000s as an artifact, at times, even, Net Art. Dragan/Olia's Tumblr: Webrecorder: -- Become a member of Quartz, your exclusive guide to the global economy: WATCH OUR EXCLUSIVE SERIES; Because China Quartz is a digital news outlet dedicated to telling stories at the intersection of the important and the interesting. Visit us at to read more.