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Not all information wants to be free:
ethical considerations for digitization
Tara Robertson
@tararobertson
code4lib NYS
A...
Thank you
Carolyn Arthur
Safia Noble
Baharak Yousefi
Emily Drabinski
Elaine Miller
Vanessa Kwan
Eli Manning
Christina Harl...
Montreal Out Games, 2006
On Our Backs
“When I heard all the issues of the magazine
are being digitized, my heart sank. I meant this
work to be for my community ...
“I actually never consented to have my photo
shoot published in On Our Backs in print, in
2002. My ex and I were in a phot...
“What was once a dignified choice now feels
like a violation of my body, my voice and my
right to choose. In no small way ...
Ethics of care
Zine Librarians’ Code of
Ethics
http://bit.ly/zinelib
Delgamuukw Trial Transcripts
Mukurtu
Traditional knowledge
TK labels
http://localcontexts.org
Moko: or Maori Tattooing
(1896)
http://bit.ly/moko-report
The right to be forgotten
What can you do?
• Proactively develop policies on appropriate digitization in
consultation with communities
• Publicly po...
How do you think libraries can do a
better job with digital collections?
• Silent self reflection (1 minute)
• Share in pa...
#critlib
Monday, August 8th 2016
11am Pacific / Noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern
http://critlib.org/ethics-of-dig...
Image credits
• Choi+Shine Architects. The Land of Giants.
http://www.choishine.com/Projects/giants.html (used with
permis...
Not all information wants to be free: ethical considerations for digitization
Not all information wants to be free: ethical considerations for digitization
Not all information wants to be free: ethical considerations for digitization
Not all information wants to be free: ethical considerations for digitization
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Invited talk for code4libNYS, August 5, 2016, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York.

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Not all information wants to be free: ethical considerations for digitization

  1. 1. Not all information wants to be free: ethical considerations for digitization Tara Robertson @tararobertson code4lib NYS August 5, 2016
  2. 2. Thank you Carolyn Arthur Safia Noble Baharak Yousefi Emily Drabinski Elaine Miller Vanessa Kwan Eli Manning Christina Harlow Francis Kayiwa Mark Matienzo Patricia Cia Annette DeFaveri Shirley Lew Gwen Bird Anne Olsen Kim Lawson Lindsay Tripp Sarah Hunt Carmen Suchy Lynn Carter Lia Friedman Beth Davis Jane Schmidt Alison Macrina Amy Buckland Lisa Sloniowski Jess Mitchell Chanelle Gallant Amber Dawn Devra Polack Sarah Romkey Melissa Adams Sam Bradd Stuart Yeates Stephen Blaeser Ryan Vernon
  3. 3. Montreal Out Games, 2006
  4. 4. On Our Backs
  5. 5. “When I heard all the issues of the magazine are being digitized, my heart sank. I meant this work to be for my community and now I am being objectified in a way that I have no control over. People can cut up my body and make it a collage. My professional and public life can be high jacked. These are uses I never intended and I still don't want.” –Annonymous #1
  6. 6. “I actually never consented to have my photo shoot published in On Our Backs in print, in 2002. My ex and I were in a photo shoot specifically for a photographer's book on kink in 1993—before the first web browser was released!—and signed a model contract for limited use. So 9 years later, I felt fairly fucked over to discover this shoot in On Our Backs— with our real names on the cover—after it had already been out for over a month.” –Annonymous #2
  7. 7. “What was once a dignified choice now feels like a violation of my body, my voice and my right to choose. In no small way is the digitization a perpetuation of how sex workers, survivors and queer bodies have been historically and pervasively coopted. How larger, often institutional, forces have made decisions without consulting us or considering our personal well-being.” –Amber Dawn
  8. 8. Ethics of care
  9. 9. Zine Librarians’ Code of Ethics http://bit.ly/zinelib
  10. 10. Delgamuukw Trial Transcripts
  11. 11. Mukurtu
  12. 12. Traditional knowledge
  13. 13. TK labels http://localcontexts.org
  14. 14. Moko: or Maori Tattooing (1896) http://bit.ly/moko-report
  15. 15. The right to be forgotten
  16. 16. What can you do? • Proactively develop policies on appropriate digitization in consultation with communities • Publicly post the takedown process • Talk with colleagues about our duty of care towards people and communities, not just collections
  17. 17. How do you think libraries can do a better job with digital collections? • Silent self reflection (1 minute) • Share in pairs (3 minutes) • Add your ideas to Google Docs: http://bit.ly/digi-ideas
  18. 18. #critlib Monday, August 8th 2016 11am Pacific / Noon Mountain / 1pm Central / 2pm Eastern http://critlib.org/ethics-of-digitization/
  19. 19. Image credits • Choi+Shine Architects. The Land of Giants. http://www.choishine.com/Projects/giants.html (used with permission) • Umbrella Trees: https://flic.kr/p/kAT3Ws • Boxing Glove Wind Chime? https://flic.kr/p/at6R5g • Occupied http://imagicity.com/2011/10/27/occupied/ • 192/365: Delete https://flic.kr/p/cwScWu • Horses: https://www.pexels.com/search/horse/ • Microphone: https://flic.kr/p/axnVcw

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