Where to Watch the 25 Movies Just Added to the National Film Registry

Each year the Library of Congress adds 25 movies to the National Film Registry for preservation. This year they've selected a broad range of films, with everything from Pulp Fiction to Mary Poppins to more obscure movies with historical significance, like the 1962 Academy Award winner for best animated short film, The… » 12/18/13 6:41pm 12/18/13 6:41pm

Most of Hollywood's Silent Films Are Lost and Gone Forever

There may be a recent resurgence of interest in silent film (thanks in no small part to the success of The Artist), but anyone looking to get into the art form is in for a rude awakening. Of the nearly 11,000 movies made in the pre-talkie, golden age of silent film, 70 percent has been lost and gone forever. » 12/04/13 12:45pm 12/04/13 12:45pm

How a Government Shutdown Would Affect Science and Technology

The clock is ticking as a full-fledged government shutdown looms on the horizon. House Republicans remain resolute in their mission to keep Obamacare from kicking in on October 1, the first day of the new fiscal year. The science and tech communities, meanwhile, are bracing for the worst—again. » 9/30/13 12:22pm 9/30/13 12:22pm

Emoji Dick, A Novel Translated into Emoji, Accepted by Library of…

Emoji Dick, the oh-man-how-did-this-actually-work-out emoji translation of Moby Dick, is now in the Library of Congress. Why wouldn't it be. » 2/20/13 11:20am 2/20/13 11:20am

Photographs Look Even Better With 200 Years of Decay

The Library of Congress is brimming with flawless daguerreotype photographs that give us a pristine look into the state of things over the past two centuries. Now that's great and all, but perhaps even more incredible are the ones that succumbed to the 200 years of damage and decay. » 1/09/13 3:40pm 1/09/13 3:40pm

Library of Congress Debuts "National Jukebox" Crammed with Rare Sounds

The Library of Congress is one of the most splendid resources in the country—which is terrific, if you're in DC. For those who aren't (and even who are!), the Library's putting a massive audio archive online, for free. » 5/10/11 4:40pm 5/10/11 4:40pm

How Blocking WikiLeaks Actually Hurts the Government

Last week, the Library of Congress confirmed it's blocking WikiLeaks. Censorship principles aside, the ban has one clear consequence: the Congressional Research Service, responsible for crucial reports to lawmakers, is part of the Library. Now their plug is pulled too. » 12/06/10 1:40pm 12/06/10 1:40pm

DRM Buster FAQ: What It Means For You

Today's Library of Congress statement marks a historic moment in the battle between those who dictate how we should be able to use media and technology, and the rest of us. We explain what the new exemptions mean for you. » 7/26/10 2:00pm 7/26/10 2:00pm

The Gadgets That Preserve Our Memories

The woman in this photo is an employee at the Library of Congress. She is using a high-tech scanner to map the individual chemical components of a century-old book in order to learn how to better preserve it. » 6/10/10 12:40am 6/10/10 12:40am

How the Library of Congress Preserves Exploding, Shrinking Film Forever

Maybe it's because I'm a film and video buff, but I just read an article that rocked my world a bit, and I recommend that you read it, too. » 5/06/10 9:27am 5/06/10 9:27am

Your Past and Future Tweets Will Be Archived At the Library of Congress

Maybe you'll be taking that next tweet a little more seriously, Joe Twitterer: the Library of Congress announced today that they'll be archiving every public tweet made since 2006. That's right: Twitter is now your legacy. » 4/14/10 2:49pm 4/14/10 2:49pm

Big Data, Big Problems: The Trouble With Storage Overload

We collect an astonishing amount of digital information. But as the Economist recently pointed out in a special reports, we've long since surpassed our ability to store and process it all. Big data is here, and it's causing big problems. » 3/17/10 4:40pm 3/17/10 4:40pm

Giz Explains: How Data Dies (and How It Can Be Saved)

Bits don't have expiration dates. But memories will only live forever if the media and file formats holding them remain intact and coherent. Time can be as deadly to data storage as it is to carbon-based life forms. » 3/17/10 2:00pm 3/17/10 2:00pm

iTunes U Gets Library of Congress Videos

The Library of Congress just made a bunch of historical videos available on iTunes U. Now you can watch the original Edison films or Book Festival videos in a "University" setting without the need for booze or girls. Yay. [iTunes] » 6/30/09 7:20pm 6/30/09 7:20pm

The Biggest Advances in Governmental Tech During the Bush Era

With all this talk about Obama's BlackBerry and weekly YouTube addresses, we tend to assume there was no governmental tech before him. But there actually were some impressive advances in the last eight years. » 1/24/09 6:00pm 1/24/09 6:00pm

Freedom Rings: Cellphones Must Be Unlockable

Kind of good news coming out of the Library of Congress regarding our digital rights, especially relating to our cellphone use. Copyright laws were amended to allow customers to unlock the software on their cellphones so they can take their phones with them from wireless carrier to wireless carrier. The ruling is also… » 11/24/06 11:16am 11/24/06 11:16am