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Further Commentary on Authority Control

The reading on authority control and privacy for this week was really interesting so I wanted to try and find an article or two that either further discussed the ethical issue regarding those in charge of authority control or discussed

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What happens when a “database” has no identifiers: the ATF’s gun registry

The ATF’s record-keeping system lacks certain basic functionalities standard to every other database created in the modern age. Despite its vast size, and importance to crime fighters, it is less sophisticated than an online card catalog maintained by a small town public library.

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by Hugh McLeod

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