The Internet dilemma: Do people have a right to be forgotten?

Posted on 2013/05/08 in Google+, Miscellaneous, Science & Technology, Web Tech

There is a difference between how humans remember and how the Internet remembers, which is deep and fundamental: Humans forget, or remember selectively; the Internet remembers everything.

Digital technology has massively decreased the cost of data storage, which has made accessing that information far easier. Now, we’re steeped not just in knowledge but in memory: of our checkered pasts, our personal failures, the ruined lives of our loved ones.

One of the more disconcerting elements of this online memory is our lack of control over our digital trails. This becomes clearly evident in the question of what to do with our e-mail and social media when we die.

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The Internet dilemma: Do people have a right to be forgotten?
The Rehtaeh Parsons case coincides with a new debate about the inhumanity of omniscient digital memory

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3 Responses to “The Internet dilemma: Do people have a right to be forgotten?”

  1. Saqib Ali says:

    human mind gains new knowledge by forgetting old stuff. not that it doesn’t have the capacity to store new information, it just requires unlearning to learn new patterns.

    i would think the same applies to the “internet mind”……..

  2. Cliff says:

    The issue is the internet is not made to forget: it keeps everything as long as there is space and unless it is programmed to delete.

  3. Saqib Ali says:

    that’s exactly why we need the “right to be forgotten”…….