Source: Wikipedia’s Hostility to Women
On October 13th 2015, CMJ Director Malkia Cyril gave a keynote address at the Computers, Freedom and Privacy Conference.
It was a passionate appeal about the need for “a new civil rights act for the era of big data.”
The web, as it appears at any one moment, is a phantasmagoria. Itâ€™s not a place in any reliable sense of the word. It is not a repository. It is not a library. It is a constantly changing patchwork of perpetual nowness.
You can’t count on the web, okay? Itâ€™s unstable. You have to know this.
Source: The Internet’s Dark Ages
This is a microcosm of the danger facing American archives. Because almost nothing is catalogued at the item-level, most of the unique material housed in these most important of repositories is particularly vulnerable to theft. When someone like Breithaupt steals a book, even a very old book, there is a catalog record that tells us it is missingâ€”and likely some kind of duplicate copy somewhere else in the world. But when he steals a letter from Flannery Oâ€™Connor to John Crowe Ransomâ€”unless that letter has been photocopied by another personâ€”it basically ceases to exist. Not only do we not have the information in it, but we donâ€™t even know that we donâ€™t have the information in it.
But can machines be expected to be fully empathetic? Signs point to no. It is relatively easy to create a learning brain but we donâ€™t yet know how to create a heart or a soul. In a recent talk at the New Yorker festival MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito asserted that â€œhumans are really good at things computers are not.â€