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New York Times reports on Occupy and Archiving

May 2, 2012 News No Comments

Jennifer Schuessler of the New York Times interviewed Howard Besser of Activist Archivists and Anna Perricci from the OWS Archives Working Group  about Occupy and archiving:

But despite the profusion of material online some archivists say that the historical record of the future may have some gaping holes. While Twitter, Facebook and other social media have been crucial to the movement, the terms of use of most social media sites prevent anyone from publishing material harvested from them. “Look back at the Arab Spring,” said Howard Besser, an archivist at N.Y.U. and [one of the founders] of Activist Archivists, a group created last fall to coordinate the collection of digital media relating to Occupy. “We actually have precious little that scholars can use to look at how things spread.”