Aug. 4,5/15 – #CdnFATCATrial – “Tweet by Tweet” account of the live courtroom proceeding

The role of social media

Yes, the Library of Congress archives Tweets.

An element of our mission at the Library of Congress is to collect the story of America and to acquire collections that will have research value. So when the Library had the opportunity to acquire an archive from the popular social media service Twitter, we decided this was a collection that should be here. …

Twitter is a new kind of collection for the Library of Congress but an important one to its mission. As society turns to social media as a primary method of communication and creative expression, social media is supplementing, and in some cases supplanting, letters, journals, serial publications and other sources routinely collected by research libraries.

The FATCA Canada lawsuit – A Twitter Report

On August 4 and 5, 2015 the first lawsuit against a Government for signing a FATCA IGA with the United States. The defendant was the Government of Canada. The tragedy is that Canada was the country that had the best chance to be the “FATCA Terminator”. Instead Canada became a “FATCA Enabler”. Those who were live observers of the trial “tweeted” their thoughts to those who could not attend. The live tweets appeared as comments at the Isaac Brock Society. The comments were then made into individual tweets.

Here are the tweets describing this historical event.