[-empyre-] timelessness and the archive? or timeliness and
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Thu Nov 22 05:07:17 EST 2007
About thirty minutes ago The New York Times released an article about
the the largest loss of personal and financial data caused by two
computer discs that were lost in the mail. The loss of digital data
by an analog glitch affecting 25 million citizens or about half of
the population of Britain inspired me to write this quick post.
I mentioned to Tim last night that one of the things that seemed to
be missing in this month's discussion is the affect of
archiving....glitches....memory loss within the structures of
governments and political systems. How does the process of
archiving and or manipulating the data in national archives
(financial archives like the one in Britain or even the archives of
population census data) shape political causes, propaganda, national
politics, and the collective historical memory of a country?
CHECK IT OUT ON LINE....THIS IS THE FIRST PART OF THE ARTICLE. Renate
LONDON, Nov. 21 - Prime Minister Gordon Brown of Britain apologized
today for a security breach that resulted in the loss of millions of
Britons' bank account details and other personal data and has raised
the specter of financial fraud on a massive scale.
Security experts described it as the largest incident of its kind in
Europe, though surpassed by several data leaks in the United States.
The data went astray when two computer discs from the tax authorities
were lost in the mail last month. The discs contained information on
25 million people - or nearly half the British population - from
families that receive a government financial benefit for children.
The information included details like names, addresses and national
insurance numbers - the British equivalent of social security numbers
- as well as similar information on almost every child under 16 in
Britain. The discs were sent using a private parcel delivery firm,
and were apparently protected by a password but were not encrypted.
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