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New updates for Amber, the open source plugin to keep links accessible

The Berkman Center is excited to announce a new release for Amber, the open source tool for WordPress and Drupal that helps fight Internet censorship and link rot by keeping linked content accessible.


Since the public launch of Amber in January, we’ve seen more than 600 WordPress downloads, and more than 200 websites are actively running the plugin. In addition to creating new, distributed repositories, users have added more than 300 unique snapshots per day to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine.

Amber v1.4.2 is a result of the feedback and input we’ve received from so many early adopters. The new version for WordPress increases the default snapshot size, adds functionality to the Dashboard display, and more. See the full list of updates on the official WordPress plugin listing.

When installed on a blog or website, Amber can take a snapshot of the content of every linked page, ensuring that even if those pages are interfered with or blocked, the original content will be available. Amber is the result of a 2013 study by Harvard Law School which found that 49 percent of links in all Supreme Court opinions no longer work.

Amber is useful for any organization or individual that has an interest in preserving the content to which their website links.

To learn more about Amber, watch the short video above, or go straight to www.amberlink.org to download the plugin.

 

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