Securing your data: Canada or magic?

[Update: Internet Archive has just revealed it received a secret  National Security Letter (subpoena) from the FBI in August]
The Wayback Machine c 1960

In the wake of the U.S. election, and increased fears about surveillance, the Internet Archive is taking their data to Canada.

Says founder Brewster Kahle:

“We don’t know what is going to happen. We can just take the candidate, now president-elect Trump at his word,” he said.

“His statements about privacy and surveillance, net neutrality, freedom of the press, closing up part of the internet — at least we should take him at his word at this point.”

Those without 10 petabytes of data to protect might consider a cheaper solution: magic.

Vatican manuscript with “anathema” protection added in the 14th century

Medieval scribes protected their books with written curses threatening “the worst punishments they knew—excommunication from the church and horrible, painful death.”

It seems the curses have to be written in Latin though.  One such simple curse is

“Si quis furetur, Anathematis ense necetur”

translated as  “May the sword of anathema slay, If anyone steals this book away.” The book Das Schriftwesenim Mittelalter by Wilhelm Wattenbach in 1871, has several more curses in the vicinity of page 445; from there we can add

  • “Qui me furetur, nunquam requies sibi detur”
  • “Qui te furetur hic demonis ense secetur”, which judging from the google hits, was quite a popular curse in its day, and
  • “Qui clepit hunc Horum, cleps est et cleps morietur”, which seems to be a popular 14th century curse.

If we drill down deep enough into teh google, we finally hit the image of a medieval manuscript (Vatikan, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana Pal. lat. 175 2r), with the anathema added in the 14th century:

Qui te furetur hic demonis ense secetur

Iste sit in banno qui te furetur in anno

translated: “May the Devil’s sword impale the man Who stealeth thee away, And the Church denounce him with her ban For one full year, I pray.



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