Extract from Rob Robinson’s article “From Hollerith to Holocaust? The Impact of Technology and Privacy”
Editor’s Note: Today marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi German Concentration and Extermination Camp by Soviet forces. The liberation of the death camps such as Auschwitz-Birkenau ended the carnage of one of the most heinous crimes in the history of the world, the systematic killing of six million Jewish men, women, and children and millions of others by the Nazis and their Holocaust collaborators. On this International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, it is not only important to compassionately contemplate the past, but is also important to cautiously consider the future through the lens of the events and enablers that contributed to the identification and extermination of millions of people. One of these enablers was technology.