Never Neutral: Ethics and Digital Collections

Hot Topics plenary panel BC Library Association conference April 20, 2017


  1. Jarrett Drake, Princeton University

  2. Bio: Jarrett M. Drake is the Digital Archivist at the Princeton University Archives, where his primary responsibilities include managing the Digital Curation Program and describing archival collections for the Princeton University Archives. He also is one of the organizers and an advisory archivist of A People’s Archive of Police Violence in Cleveland, an independent community-based archive in Cleveland, Ohio, that collects, preserves, and provides access to the stories, memories, and accounts of police violence as experienced or observed by Cleveland citizens. In addition to those responsibilities, Jarrett serves on the advisory boards of Documenting the Now: Supporting Scholarly Use and Preservation of Social Media Content and The Eugenic Rubicon: California’s Sterilization Stories.
  3. Jarrett will discuss the risks and vulnerabilities posed by the normalization of data in an increasingly authoritarian regime. The interest by police and intelligence agencies in the words, movements, and actions of so-called dissenters, subversives, or protesters accentuates these risks and commands that librarians and archivists question the extent to which widespread data normalization might serve authoritarian ends.