Muira McCammon is a freelance journalist, war crimes researcher, and incoming Ph.D. student at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School of Communication. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Harvard Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society and was later a summer 2016 fellow at the Harvard Law Library Innovation Lab. Muira has written for Slate, How We Get to Next, Atlas Obscura, Waypoint by VICE, The Massachusetts Review, Playboy, and others. A Beinecke Scholar, she wrote her M.A. thesis at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst on the history of the Guantánamo Bay Detainee Library.
This talk will focus on the problems underlying the Federal Records Act and the freedom it has given various federal agencies to develop their own fragmented approaches towards the archiving of tweets. It incorporates over 15 different Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests as well as a case study from my own research involving over 500 deleted tweets from @jtfgtmo (the Twitter feed run by the branch of the U.S. government responsible for managing the detention facilities in GiTMO).