2016, Thu, Feb 04

Tacit Futures #1: Building Snowden Archives

With Andrew Clement, Evan Light, M.C. McGrath, Deborah Natsios & John Young and Krystian Woznicki

Today, WikiLeaks is building an unprecedented library consisting of millions of leaked documents, thereby advancing a seminal world heritage form. Its immediate prehistory as well as its latest offspring will be investigated in the Tacit Futures dialogues.

Participants will explore Cryptome.org, which is widely considered the precursor of digital leaking platforms, and which has been the first organization to start systematically collecting Snowden documents. Moreover the discussion will dive into projects building Snowden archives such as the Snowden Document Search, the Snowden Digital Surveillance Archive, and the Snowden Archive-in-a-Box. Bringing together pioneering archivists of the files leaked by Snowden, this round table is a culturally significant world premiere, aiming to reflect the motivations and challenges experienced by each initiative.

Tacit Futures: Diving Into Snowden Archives is the follow-up to UN|COMMONS and a cooperation between Berliner Gazette and transmediale in the context of the Tacit Futures project by Berliner Gazette.