SESSION 502 - My Face / Public Space: Privacy Issues for Photographs and Film in the Web 2.0 World

Aug 15, 2009
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Event Location: Salon G


Susan McElrath (Chair)
University Archivist
American University

Snowden Becker, PhD
Center for Home Movies
Handle With Care: Respecting Other People’s Pictures in Collections and Online
(Slides with speaking notes; handouts with image credits and resource list)

Phoebe Evans Letocha
Collections Management Archivist
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Contextual Integrity and Informed Consent: Providing Web Access to Images of Health and Medicine

Dr. Matthew D Mason
Archivist of Visual Resources
Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University
Parsing Pictorial Privacy: Archival Responsibilities and Ethics Toward Photographs of Individuals


Web 2.0 technologies, such as Flickr, YouTube, and the Internet Archive, enable archivists to present photographs and films in the online environment. Yet archivists must also address questions about privacy and confidentiality when making such media available publicly. This session explores the challenges inherent when putting images of individuals online, starts a dialogue about best practices, and provides practical tips for handling these materials with care and respect.


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