Digital Keepers: The Ethics of Saving Online Data about Latin American Social Movements

Author: Itza A. Carbajal

ABSTRACT

As researchers continue to explore the use of digital data, there exists a crucial need for caution. Similarly, groups and individuals who work on social justice issues in Latin America have increased their use of information-sharing online to spread the word of their plight and implore others to join their cause. How often do researchers consider their role and responsibility when using and preserving online born-digital data documenting activism in Latin America? If they do practice preservation strategies, how do they navigate issues of privacy and safety, while also subverting the possibility of providing intel for surveilling institutions? This article highlights some ethical dilemmas researchers face with regard to digital data, in hopes that researchers will further develop their digital sensibilities.

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