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Posted Date: 1/29/2010
Running Time: 3:48
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Today’s teenagers are part of the first generation to grow up immersed and fluent in the world of digital technologies. These “digital natives” depend on digital information for communication, education and entertainment. But today’s Digital Natives may not know that digital information can easily be lost.

Teens receive mixed messages about the permanence of digital information, because it seems that anything they want can be found on the Internet. But the truth is, digital information will survive only as long as someone takes care of it.

In a recent workshop at the Library of Congress, we asked a group of students for their thoughts on digital preservation. Specifically:

  • What should be saved?
  • Who’s responsible for saving it?
  • What are the challenges in saving it?

This video explores the challenges facing digital information and examines the views teenagers have about its permanence.