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Could Trump take down some public data? These Seattle volunteers want to make sure it stays up

What would happen if public data about things like the climate and racial and economic disparities just disappeared? Dozens of Seattleites don’t want to wait and find out.

A group of volunteer developers, scientists, and researchers brought their laptops to the University of Washington last Saturday for Seattle Data Rescue, an event where people archived data they’re afraid could go missing under the Trump administration.

Public data archiving happens at the end of every president’s tenure, but this year feels different, participants told Bellamy Pailthorp of KNKX, and events like Seattle’s are happening all over the country. Want to learn more? Reach out to Mary Louise Gifford at [email protected].

By Mónica Guzmán
Mónica is the cofounder and editor of The Evergrey. She's been a Seattle journalist for a decade and adores this city.