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You are What Google Says You are: The Right to Be Forgotten and Information Stewardship


Meg Leta Ambrose


Georgetown University - Communication, Culture, and Technology

2012

International Review of Information Ethics, Vol. 17, July 2012

Abstract:     
The right to be forgotten is a proposed legal response to the potential harms caused by easy digital access to information from one’s past, including those to moral autonomy. While the future of these proposed laws is unclear, they attempt to respond to the new problem of increased ease of access to old personal information. These laws may flounder in the face of other rights and interests, but the social values related to moral autonomy they seek to preserve should be promoted in the form of widespread ethical information practices: information stewardship. Code, norms, markets, and laws are analyzed as possible mechanisms for fostering information stewardship. All these mechanisms can support a new user role, one of librarian - curator of digital culture, protector of networked knowledge, and information steward.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 10

Keywords: information ethics, right to be forgotten, oblivion, information stewardship, Europe, privacy

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Date posted: September 30, 2012  

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Ambrose, Meg Leta, You are What Google Says You are: The Right to Be Forgotten and Information Stewardship (2012). International Review of Information Ethics, Vol. 17, July 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2154353

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Meg Leta Ambrose (Contact Author)
Georgetown University - Communication, Culture, and Technology ( email )
3520 Prospect St NW
Suite 311
Washington, DC 20057
United States
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