Just Launched: #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive (Columbia University Libraries)

Columbia University Libraries: Just Launched: #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive. “I am pleased to announce the launch of the #MeToo and the Women’s Rights Movement in China Web Archive, comprised of captured website content from women’s organizations and individuals in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Curated by Chengzhi Wang, Chinese Studies Librarian at Columbia University, and Xiao-He Ma, Librarian for the Chinese Collection at Harvard University, the archive aims to systematically archive and preserve web content related to the #MeToo movement and women’s rights activities in the Greater China Region, so that scholars and students will be able to continuously be able to access these important, and potentially ephemeral, materials.”

New Yorker: The Challenge of Preserving the Historical Record of #MeToo

New Yorker: The Challenge of Preserving the Historical Record of #MeToo. “Around the height of the #MeToo revelations, in the fall of 2017, I interviewed an archivist at a prominent research library for a piece about social-media preservation. It quickly became apparent that he knew less about the subject than I did; he saved Facebook posts by painstakingly copying and pasting them into Word, comment by comment, and manually pressing print. The longer we spoke, the more visibly annoyed he grew by my questions, to which he offered no answers.”

Daily Beast: New Website Plans to Collect #MeToo Victims’ Data and Sell It

Daily Beast: New Website Plans to Collect #MeToo Victims’ Data and Sell It. “A California couple have launched an online tool to connect victims of workplace sexual misconduct to others harassed or abused by the same person—and they plan to fund it by anonymizing the data they collect and selling it to the accusers’ companies.” Considering how many studies have been done on the difficulty of completely anonymizing data, this seems like a bad idea…

ABC News (Australia): Macquarie Dictionary word of the year goes to ‘me too’, in a year filled with digital uncertainty

ABC News (Australia): Macquarie Dictionary word of the year goes to ‘me too’, in a year filled with digital uncertainty. “Oxford Dictionaries gave us toxic. For the Collins, it was single-use. The American Dialect Society chose tender-age shelter. It’s word of the year season, and the Australian votes are in.”

Sydney Morning Herald: Google board sued for hushing up misconduct claims about ‘father of Android’

Sydney Morning Herald: Google board sued for hushing up misconduct claims about ‘father of Android’. “Alphabet Inc.’s board of directors was sued by a shareholder for ‘quietly’ approving a $US90 million ($125 million) exit payment to the father of Android, Andy Rubin, and protecting other executives accused of sexual harassment.”

Global Voices: Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Global Voices: Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?. “In most countries around the world, gender-based harassment is an old problem. But in the digital era, with hashtag movements such as #MeToo, and social media platforms where evidence of harassment can go viral, the balance of power between harassers and their targets appears to be shifting.”

Radcliffe Institute, Harvard: Schlesinger Library Awarded Grant to Create Comprehensive Digital Media Archive of #metoo

Radcliffe Institute, Harvard: Schlesinger Library Awarded Grant to Create Comprehensive Digital Media Archive of #metoo. “The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study has embarked on a large scale project to comprehensively document the #metoo movement and the accompanying redefinitions of gender-based harassment and sex in the workplace. Through the #metoo Digital Media Collection, Schlesinger Library will provide enduring scholarly access to content including social media conversations, press stories, and multimedia declarations and rebuttals: resources which are now pervasive in our collective consciousness and social media feeds, yet will prove acutely vulnerable in the long-term, as propriety platforms, individual user-accounts, and the ever-changing landscape of the Web continually transform.”