So, I’ve been thinking about that as a problem. How do you do that? I talked to some people at a large library system in New York City. I don’t want to go too much into it, but they were like, “That’s not really a library thing.” I was like, “Could they come in? Could we make a digital archive for them, where people … Where their foster parents e-mail an address with pictures of these kids, so that when they’re 20, they can come in and be like, ‘Here’s who I am. I would like to get my digital archive now.’”And the library was like, “Uh, that’s not really what we do. Like, it’s just not a library problem.”
RD: Kind of a fucked-up manifestation of “who’s going to take care of this?”
PF: Yeah. I think a lot about that one, because why isn’t there a system? Archive.org comes close.
PF: But there’s nothing that’s like, “We will be a repository for vulnerable populations, or for people who otherwise don’t have a memory.”
RD: Because the cost is not necessarily, how expensive is the machine, and the electricity, and the data connection that’s going to keep this alive...
PF: That approaches zero.
RD: What’s expensive is the responsibility.
PF: That’s exactly it.
RD: The time and the care.
PF: Well, and also issues like privacy and validation. You can’t just come in and get anybody’s data, so how do you prove who you are, things like that? So I’ve been thinking about that as the fundamental piece.