Human Rights in the Digital Era

Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

Professor Viktor Mayer Schoenberger (Oxford Internet Institute) explains the vitality of an online right to forget

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“Delete –The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age” – Professor Viktor Mayer- Schönberger, University of Oxford

All through the analog age, for humans it has been easy to forget, and hard to remember. In the digital age, the situation has reversed: today the default is to store and remember; forgetting has become the exception. This has profound consequences for individuals and society, from how (informational) power is allocated to whether and how we retain our capacity to act in time. In this talk I analyze these consequences as well as possible solutions – legal and technical – to address the challenge posed by comprehensive digital memory.

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