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2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress
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2011 U of Indiana - Ethics and Collecting Social Media: Twitter and the Library of Congress

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  • It is something new, but it tells an amazing story that needs to be remembered.
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    • 1. • Twitter • Twitter is one of the popular social media sites on the internet • Founded in 2006 • Library of Congress • Oldest federal cultural institution in America • Founded in 1800 Introduction and Background
    • 2. • April 15, 2010 - the Library of Congress announces that they will archive the complete corpus of Twitter since the start of the company. • Billions of tweets • 50 million more tweets created per day • My question: where is privacy in this discussion? • The explicit answer: privacy is ignored or dismissed • The better answer: privacy is directly The announcement
    • 3. • Data gathered • Press releases from Library of Congress and Twitter • Retrieved all articles available through Lexis-Nexis for two weeks after the announcement using search terms "twitter" and "library of congress" • Ethical codes of the Society of American Archivists and American Library Association • Analysis • Textual analysis of press releases and 17 Methods: a textual analysis
    • 4. • From the Library of Congress • Research potential for studying contemporary life - social and cultural issues • Documentation of social trends • Shows how networks develop over time • From Twitter • Affirmation of the importance of the company and the service • Tells an amazing story of current times The justification
    • 5. • Juxtaposing the mundane and the historic • From bacon to Iranian revolutions. • Resource for future social scientists • "your indiscretions will be able to be seen by generations of graduate students" • Contrast between fame and mundane • Tweeters mentioned by name: Ashton Kutcher, Kanye West, Ice-T • Linking prestige - historical LoC to upstart Twitter • Privacy was mentioned but usually dismissed The reaction of the press
    • 6. • Problem of collection • Is privacy an individual or collective right? • Is privacy governed by legalistic terms of service or some other alternative? • Problem of technological development • Feenberg's two-step process of technical development • Abstraction away from context, then reinterpretation into social situation • Twitter coopts the second step Ethical problems and discussion
    • 7. • Society of American Archivists promise: "protect the privacy rights of donors and individuals or groups who are the subject of records." • Fails on basic interpretation • Fails on standard behavior of archivists • American Library Association promise: "library user’s right to privacy and confidentiality with respect to information sought or received and resources consulted, borrowed, acquired or transmitted." Problem of professional actions
    • 8. • Twitter is great • Social media can bring people together in positive ways • Twitter is awful • But at the price of changing our definitions and attitudes toward privacy. • The conversation must continue • We should make these choices with our eyes open. Conclusion
    • 9. • Todd Suomela • University of Tennessee • tes@utk.edu <mailto:tes@utk.edu> Contact
    • 10. • Todd Suomela • University of Tennessee • tes@utk.edu <mailto:tes@utk.edu> Contact

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