DIGITAL technology could turn the 21st century into a new dark age lost to history, a leading internet pioneer has warned.
As operating systems and software get upgraded, documents and images stored using older technology are becoming increasingly inaccessible, said Dr Vinton “Vint” Cerf, vice-president of Google.

In centuries to come, historians looking back on the present era could be confronted by a digital desert comparable with the dark ages — the post-Roman period in Western Europe about which relatively little is known because of the scarcity of written records.

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