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The interest that these students expressed in "the politics of authenticity" might have come to naught, however, if the cultural ethos that these organizations helped produce did not merge, in the early l960s, with the burgeoning civil rights movement.
While these steps are helpful, all these efforts can come to naught if an organization fails to maintain vigilance in guarding its data.