Gives new meaning to the phrase digital #activism : an article from Wired on how librarians and other humanities academics and geeks banded together to figure out where the government had sent immigrant children snatched from their parents at the border, to help their parents find them again. Excerpts:
Alex Gil was IMing with his colleague Manan Ahmed when they decided they had to do something about children being separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border... Gil, a father of two, knew they could be useful. As the digital scholarship librarian at Columbia University, Gil's job is to use technology to help people find information—skills he had put to use in times of crisis before. Gil and Ahmed, a historian at Columbia, assembled a team of what Gil calls “digital ninjas” for a “crisis researchathon.” These volunteers were professors, graduate students, researchers, and fellows from across the country with varied academic focus, but they all had two things in common: an interest in the history of colonialism, empire, and borders; and the belief that classical research methods can be used not just to understand the past but to reveal the present.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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