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The End of Privacy Began in the 1960s

A view of the F.B.I. National Crime Information Center in Washington in 1967. In the 1960s, lawmakers began to question the government’s gathering of Americans’ data. “In the fall of 1965, President Lyndon Johnson’s administration announced a plan to consolidate … Continue reading

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Decolonizing society: the legacy of 1968

Student protesters in Paris, May ’68. “In 1964, students at the University of California at Berkeley staged a sit-in at Sproul Hall to protest campus restrictions on political activism. Shouting through his bullhorn, Mario Savio, the leader of the Free … Continue reading

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USCO

Gerd Stern, NO OW NOW, USCO Two Mantras, 1966-70 “USCO was an American media art collective in the 1960s, founded by Gerd Stern, Michael Callahan, and Steve Durkee in New York. USCO, an acronym for Us Company or the Company … Continue reading

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Sir George Williams affair

Sir George Williams “The Sir George Williams Riot (also referred to as ‘The Sir George Williams Computer Incident’) was a 1969 event at Sir George Williams University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, now a part of Concordia University. It was the … Continue reading

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A Young Reporter’s Dazzling (and Tragically Short) Career at the Village Voice

Don McNeill at the Yip-In (March, 1968) “It all started last year when I read an Esquire magazine interview with the accomplished writer Ron Rosenbaum, known for his insightful and compulsively readable long-form pieces. In 1971 he had published ‘Secrets … Continue reading

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1964 New York World’s Fair

“The 1964/1965 New York World’s Fair held over 140 pavilions, 110 restaurants, for 80 nations (hosted by 37), 24 US states, and over 45 corporations to build exhibits or attractions at Flushing Meadows Park in Queens, NY. The immense fair … Continue reading

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History of computing hardware (1960s–present)

Intel 4004 “The history of computing hardware starting at 1960 is marked by the conversion from vacuum tube to solid state devices such as the transistor and later the integrated circuit. By 1959 discrete transistors were considered sufficiently reliable and … Continue reading

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