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COVID-19 Community Archives and the Platformization of Digital Cultural Memory

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Title:COVID-19 Community Archives and the Platformization of Digital Cultural Memory
Authors:Acker, Amelia
Flamm, Lucy
Keywords:Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media
censorship
community archives
platforms
Date Issued:05 Jan 2021
Abstract:In this study we aim to understand how GitHub is used by COVID-19 interest groups for organizing community archives to protect their knowledge from the Chinese government’s censorship efforts. We introduce two case studies of such COVID-19 community archives published with GitHub that appeared online in early 2020. Using public GitHub repository documentation and web archive web crawls from the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, we describe how these digital community archives emerge and exist on the platform, how knowledge of them circulated on other US based social media sites, and show strategies and tactics these volunteers used to keep these community archives alive, resist censorship, and guard the safety of these collections. We argue that these COVID-19 community archives are at risk because of their platform accessibility as much as the content they document, and that understanding how organizers use GitHub’s platform affordances is essential to theorizing how platforms are impacting approaches to preserving cultural memory.
Pages/Duration:10 pages
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/70926
ISBN:978-0-9981331-4-0
DOI:10.24251/HICSS.2021.312
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Appears in Collections: Critical and Ethical Studies of Digital and Social Media


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