The Mission to Save Vanishing Internet Art by Frank Rose
In the early days of the web, art was frequently a cause and the internet was an alternate universe in which to pursue it. Two decades later, preserving this work has become a mission. As web browsers and computer operating systems stopped supporting the software tools they were built with, many works have fallen victim to digital obsolescence. Later ones have been victims of arbitrary decisions by proprietary internet platforms — as when YouTube deleted Petra Cortright's video "VVEBCAM" on the grounds that it violated the site's community guidelines. Even the drip paintings Jackson Pollock made with house paint have fared better than art made by manipulating electrons.