Who Owns Digital Social Memory?
Extensive new kinds of cultural archives have taken shape in recent years on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Social media facilitates the creation of cultural archives that are both diverse and participatory, and riddled with problems including censorship, data loss, and obsolescence. Today, with Rhizome’s Mellon Foundation–funded Webrecorder emerging as a new user-centered tool for archiving the dynamic web, complex and urgent questions arise about how to facilitate digital social memory: What kinds of archives are needed, and who should own them? What kinds of archives should be avoided? What privacy concerns are raised by social media archiving?