Article ID: CBB981998043

Forensic Identification in the Aftermath of Human Rights Crimes in Chile: A Decentered Computer History (October 2018)


Medina, Eden (Author)

Technology and Culture
Volume: 59
Issue: 5, supplement
Pages: S100-S133

Publication Date: October 2018
Edition Details: Supplemental issue of Technology and Culture (October 2018): Shift CTRL. Computing and New Media as Global, Cultural, Sociopolitical, and Ecological
Language: English

As computer historians extend the bounds of what constitutes computer history, they must also take care not to write histories that overstate the importance of these technologies. "Decentering" the computer in computer history provides a way for historians to study the role of computers in more domains without exaggerating their importance. Here I illustrate how the use of a computer system for forensic identification formed part of Chile's complicated history of truth, justice, and reconciliation in the aftermath of the Pinochet dictatorship. While computers are not, and should not be, the central focus of how we understand processes of truth and reconciliation in history, in this case they illuminate the dynamics of how those working within the Chilean government, including its justice system, have approached Chile's history of human rights abuses.

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Authors & Contributors
Hamlin, Christopher S.
Jones, Steve
Rainie, Lee
Edwards, Paul N.
Alvarez, J.
Gutierrez, C.
IEEE Annals of the History of Computing
Technology and Culture
Social Studies of Science
La Recherche
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Science and Public Policy
Hampton Press
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT
MIT Press
Oxford University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Yale University Press
Computers and computing
Technology and society
History of Computing
Computers and civilization
Forensic sciences
Lang, David
Doctorow, Cory
Gershenfeld, Neil A.
United States
Latin America
21st century
20th century, late
20th century
19th century
Jōhō Shori Gakkai (Japan) -- Information Processing Society of Japan

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