Information Access Seminar

Two Presentations: Howard Besser & AnnaLee Saxenian

2024-03-22T15:10:00 - 2024-03-22T17:00:00
Friday, March 22, 2024
3:10 pm - 5:00 pm PDT

Howard Besser & AnnaLee Saxenian

Preserving Digital Images and Data: Procedural, Policy, and Privacy Issues

Howard Besser

21st century media pose challenges to preserving the historical record. Collecting institutions need guidance and new strategies in order to save selective cellphone video, GPS data, and video from surveillance cameras, drones, and police bodycams. In this talk, Howard Besser will discuss how saving this type of material poses procedural, policy, and privacy issues. He will demonstrate the ongoing tension between preservation and privacy. The presentation will include a case-study of preserving cellphone videos from the Occupy Movement, and a close look at police body cam videos.

Rethinking Antitrust for the Cloud Era

AnnaLee Saxenian

Antitrust is at the top of policy agendas globally. This talk will offer lessons for US antitrust policy from an examination of the development of infrastructure for data processing in the cloud.

See: Gerry Berk and AnnaLee Saxenian, “Rethinking Antitrust for the Cloud EraPolitics and Society, (51) 3, 2023.

This seminar will be held both online & in person. You are welcome to join us either in South Hall or via Zoom.

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Howard Besser is professor emeritus at New York University where he founded the MA program in moving image archiving and preservation. He has over 30 years of experience as an information studies educator, and has published scores of articles and conducted scores of workshops.

In 2009 he was named to Library of Congress's select list of “Pioneers of Digital Preservation”. He has taught courses in digital preservation and in surveillance video. He designed the policy course for the Society of American Archivists Digital Archives Specialist Certificate Program. Besser is co-founder of the Library Freedom Institute, a nationwide project to train “privacy advocates” to teach digital privacy skills and advocate for enlightened privacy policies.

Howard is an MLIS and Ph.D. graduate of this School.

AnnaLee Saxenian is professor in the School of Information and served as the school’s dean from 2004 to 2019. Her most recent book, The New Argonauts: Regional Advantage in the Global Economy (Harvard University Press, 2006), explores how the “brain circulation” by immigrant engineers from Silicon Valley has transferred technology entrepreneurship to emerging regions in China, India, Taiwan, and Israel.

Her prior publications include Regional Advantage: Culture and Competition in Silicon Valley and Route 128 (Harvard University Press, 1994), Silicon Valley's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs (PPIC, 1999), and Local and Global Networks of Immigrant Professionals in Silicon Valley (PPIC, 2002). Saxenian holds a doctorate in political science from MIT, a master's in regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in economics from Williams College.

Last updated: March 14, 2024