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Limits of the Imaginary: Challenges to intervening in future speculations of memory, data, and algorithmic archiving

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Limits of the Imaginary : Challenges to intervening in future speculations of memory, data, and algorithmic archiving. / Markham, Annette.

I: New Media & Society, Bind 23, Nr. 2, 02.2021, s. 382-405.

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