[Air-L] Library of Congress Acquires Entire (Public) Twitter Archive

Jacob Kramer-Duffield jkd at email.unc.edu
Thu Apr 15 07:55:37 PDT 2010


Thinking about this less from a Web-privacy perspective and more from 
the perspective of LoC-as-actor, this is their mission:

    The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful
    to the Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve
    a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future
    generations.

 From that perspective, maintaining an archive of Twitter is pretty mundane.

Putting back on my own privacy hat, I think Michael has raised some very 
legitimate concerns and what I hope (putting on LIS hat, here) this can 
lead to is more forethought not just from users but especially designers 
in terms of thinking about what their data and interactions will look 
like not just in the moment but 6 mos., 3, 10 years down the road. The 
fact that Twitter might not be able to do this themselves just 
underlines this point.

jkd

On 4/15/10 10:42 AM, paul jones wrote:
> yes i just tweeted: "Fear of LOC getting Tweets Archive == Fear, a while
> back, of LOC getting all of Archive.org's web page crawling."
> a few seconds ago. deja vous all over again
>
> On Thu, Apr 15, 2010 at 10:39 AM, live<human.factor.one at gmail.com>  wrote:
>
>    
>> I don't see how this could threaten the privacy of users any more so than
>> the Internet Archive (archive.org funded by Library of Congress) is
>> threatening when archiving a blog.
>>
>> On Apr 15, 2010, at 3:47 AM, Liz wrote:
>>
>>   Library of Congress to save Tweet
>>      
>>> http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/15/technology/15twitter.html
>>>
>>>
>>> Some online commentators raised the question of whether the library’s
>>> Twitter archive could threaten the privacy of users. Mr. Raymond said
>>> that the archive would be available only for scholarly and research
>>> purposes. Besides, he added, the vast majority of Twitter messages that
>>> would be archived are publicly published on the Web.
>>> _______________________________________________
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