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The Role of Data Collection in Genocides

– The Engine Room

How data-gathering as a form of mass surveillance has facilitated some of humanity’s worst abuses of power

Zara Rahman highlights the Rwandan genocide, the institutionalized discrimination against asylum seekers in Bangladesh, and the relationship between data-gathering in the Netherlands and the Holocaust, to show how data has a long history of being used in malicious and dangerous ways.

Evidence of how 'effective' this method was can perhaps be seen in the statistics – at a terrible 73%, Dutch Jews had the highest death rate among all other occupied western European countries. As comparison, the death rate among the Jewish population in Belgium was 40% and in France, 25%

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