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Sherratt, T and Bagnall, K ORCID: 0000-0003-1426-7294 2019 , 'The People Inside', in K Kee and T Compeau (eds.), Seeing the Past with Computers: Experiments with Augmented Reality and Computer Vision for History , University of Michigan Press,, USA, pp. 11-31.

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Our collection begins with an example of computer vision that cuts through time and bureaucratic opacity to help us meet real people from the past. Buried in thousands of files in the National Archives of Australia is evidence of the exclusionary “White Australia” policies of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which were intended to limit and discourage immigration by non-Europeans.
Tim Sherratt and Kate Bagnall decided to see what would happen if they used a form of facedetection software made ubiquitous by modern surveillance systems and applied it to a security system of a century ago. What we get is a new way to see the government documents, not as a source of statistics but, Sherratt and Bagnall argue, as powerful evidence of the people affected by racism.

Item Type: Book Section
Authors/Creators:Sherratt, T and Bagnall, K
Keywords: archives, digital history, White Australia Policy, computer vision
Publisher: University of Michigan Press,
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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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