Newly recovered Ground Zero photos show why you should back up your CD-Rs now

When comedian and activist Jon Stewart gave an impassioned speech before Congress to seek ongoing aid for 9/11 first responders, it inspired Internet Archive software curator and digital preservationist Jason Scott to share something timely with the world as well: a newly discovered cache of photos from one of the workers who toiled away at Ground Zero, and who’d saved thousands of those photos on CD-R.

In the past week, I was handed a cache of 2,400 photos taken at Ground Zero from the...

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