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Don’t Force Google to ‘Forget’, by Jonathan Zittrain

Don’t Force Google to ‘Forget’, by Jonathan Zittrain | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

THE European Court of Justice ruled on Tuesday that Europeans have a limited “right to be forgotten” by search engines like Google. According to the ruling, an individual can compel Google to remove certain reputation-harming search results that are generated by Googling the individual’s name.

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Jonathan Zittrain weighs in on the ECJ ruling about the "right to forget".

 

«The court’s decision is both too broad and curiously narrow. It is too broad in that it allows individuals to impede access to facts about themselves found in public documents. This is a form of censorship, one that would most likely be unconstitutional if attempted in the United States. Moreover, the test for removal that search engines are expected to use is so vague — search results are to be excluded if they are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant” — that search engines are likely to err on the safe side and accede to most requests.

But the decision is oddly narrow in that it doesn’t require that unwanted information be removed from the web. The court doesn’t have a problem with web pages that mention the name of the plaintiff in this case (Mario Costeja González) and the thing he regrets (a property foreclosure); it has a problem only with search engines that list those pages — including this article and possibly the court’s own ruling — as results to a query on the basis of Mr. González’s name. So nothing is being “forgotten,” despite the court’s stated attempt to protect such a right.»

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What the New York Times hack tells us about the layer cake of hacking

The infiltration of the American newspaper by hackers reckoned to be working for the Chinese government is a demonstration of the layered model of hacking: from noisy to silent, amateur to professional.
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For months, the Grey Lady was the target of a very sophisticated attack. The hacking underworld is locked in a very serious conflict, not to be confined to Anonymous.

"For the government hackers, anonymity - the real sort, rather than the mask-wearing, visible Anonymous sort - is an essential currency. They have to remain invisible both in their daily life, and their online life."

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Extra Virgin Suicide

Extra Virgin Suicide | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
The adulteration of Italian olive oil.
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What happens when industrial-scale production of olive oil puts profits before quality.

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Are We Becoming Cyborgs?

Are We Becoming Cyborgs? | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Susan Greenfield, Evgeny Morozov and Maria Popova on what technology and the Internet mean for our brains, our relationships and our future.
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