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[ecrea] New book: Ctrl + Z

Mon Jun 04 19:30:14 GMT 2018

We would like to announce a new publication now available in paperback from New York University Press, which we hope will be of interest.

*Ctrl + Z***

The Right to Be Forgotten

*Meg Leta Jones***


“/Ctrl + Z /argues powerfully that we should all take the advice of Google’s Eric Schmidt and be more careful about how we interact with one another online. Or as Leta Jones puts it: "We must all be stewards. Before you delete your next Facebook post, tweet, blog, comment, email, set of cookies, or chat, consider whether you are destroying history or exercising your power to participate in your digital identity.””--Richard Ovenden, /Financial Times/

“In language accessible to non-specialists, enriched by an interdisciplinary outlook and a plethora of examples and case law, Jones draws on legal cultures, international feasibility and interoperability and detailed information about the information about the information life cycle, and argues that both approaches, favouring and opposing the right to be forgotten, take only a partial view on the matter.”--Stefania Milan, /Times Higher Education/

A gripping insight into the digital debate over data ownership, permanence and policy

“This is going on your permanent record!” is a threat that has never held more weight than it does in the Internet Age, when information lasts indefinitely. The ability to make good on that threat is as democratized as posting a Tweet or making blog. Data about us is created, shared, collected, analyzed, and processed at an overwhelming scale. The damage caused can be severe, affecting relationships, employment, academic success, and any number of other opportunities—and it can also be long lasting.

One possible solution to this threat? A digital right to be forgotten, which would in turn create a legal duty to delete, hide, or anonymize information at the request of another user. The highly controversial right has been criticized as a repugnant affront to principles of expression and access, as unworkable as a technical measure, and as effective as trying to put the cat back in the bag. /Ctrl+Z/ breaks down the debate and provides guidance for a way forward. It argues that the existing perspectives are too limited, offering easy forgetting or none at all. By looking at new theories of privacy and organizing the many potential applications of the right, law and technology scholar Meg Leta Jones offers a set of nuanced choices. To help us choose, she provides a digital information life cycle, reflects on particular legal cultures, and analyzes international interoperability. In the end, the right to be forgotten can be innovative, liberating, and globally viable.

*Meg Leta Jones* is Assistant Professor of Communication, Culture, & Technology at Georgetown University

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