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Google accidentally reveals data on 'right to be forgotten' requests

Google accidentally reveals data on 'right to be forgotten' requests | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

Data shows 95% of Google privacy requests are from citizens out to protect personal and private information – not criminals, politicians and public figures

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The Guardian has discovered new data hidden in source code on Google’s own transparency report that indicates the scale and flavour of the types of requests being dealt with by Google – information it has always refused to make public. The data covers more than three-quarters of all requests to date.

Previously, more emphasis has been placed on selective information concerning the more sensational examples of so-called right to be forgotten requests released by Google and reported by some of the media, which have largely ignored the majority of requests made by citizens concerned with protecting their personal privacy.

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European MPs want Google break-up

European MPs want Google break-up | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

The European Parliament has voted in favour of breaking Google up, as a solution to complaints that it favours is own services in search results

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«Christian Democrat, and Spanish liberal Ramon Tremosa stated that the best way to resolve the row with the net giant was to separate search engines from other commercial services thereby ensuring a level playing field for rivals in Europe.«

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Will Users Be Losers in “EU versus Google”? by Mario Mariniello - Project Syndicate

Will Users Be Losers in “EU versus Google”? by Mario Mariniello - Project Syndicate | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Is Google’s dominance of online search coming to an end? That is a question worth asking as the European Commission continues to investigate antitrust allegations regarding search bias in Google’s online business model.
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"With Google’s links capturing most of the site’s search traffic, concerns have been raised that Google manipulates its search algorithm to suppress the results of its competitors, while unfairly promoting its own services – a practice known as “search bias.” The European Commission has other concerns, too – namely, that Google might be using third-party content without authorization and entering into agreements to prevent its advertising partners from displaying ads on rival search engines."

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Has Google Destroyed Your Memory? No. It’s Much Weirder Than That.

Has Google Destroyed Your Memory? No. It’s Much Weirder Than That. | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

Is the Internet ruining our ability to remember facts?

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"What’s really happening is that we’ve begun to fit the machines into an age-old technique we evolved thousands of years ago—“transactive memory.” That’s the art of storing information in the people around us. We have begun to treat search engines, Evernote, and smartphones the way we’ve long treated our spouses, friends, and workmates. They’re the handy devices we use to compensate for our crappy ability to remember details."

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Google’s Driver-less Car and Morality

Google’s Driver-less Car and Morality | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"The thought that haunts me the most is that that human ethics themselves are only a work-in-progress. We still confront situations for which we don’t have well-developed codes (e.g., in the case of assisted suicide) and need not look far into the past to find cases where our own codes were dubious, or worse (e.g., laws that permitted slavery and segregation). What we really want are machines that can go a step further, endowed not only with the soundest codes of ethics that our best contemporary philosophers can devise, but also with the possibility of machines making their own moral progress, bringing them past our own limited early-twenty-first century idea of morality.

Building machines with a conscience is a big job, and one that will require the coordinated efforts of philosophers, computer scientists, legislators, and lawyers." - Gary Marcus

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Google to warn users of 'state-sponsored' hacking

Google to warn users of 'state-sponsored' hacking | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Search giant says it will alert Gmail users about targeted attacks, in move that could aid human rights campaigners.
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How Google determined our right to be forgotten

How Google determined our right to be forgotten | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Google has acted as judge, jury and executioner in the wake of Europe’s right to be forgotten ruling. But what does society lose when a private corporation rules public information?
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The point of having rights against search engines is not to manipulate memory or eliminate information, but to make it less prominent, where justified, and combat the side-effects of this uniquely modern phenomenon that information is instantly, globally, and perpetually accessible.

Since when has the internet become “truth”, or “memory”? And since when has “history” been reduced to Google’s commercially prioritised list of an imperfect collection of digital traces? Such elisions ignore the nuance of forgiveness and understanding, in conjunction with memory itself, in building truth and justice. They undervalue privacy and autonomy, at the price of near-total transparency, in building community and security.

The all-or-nothing framings imposed on this case constrain, influence and shape the narrative of a much broader war: the struggle for our digital identities. We have reached a critical moment. Control over our personal data has been all but lost online: lost to corporations, to governments; lost to each other. How can we, as individuals, be empowered by the huge benefits of digital connectivity and global information flows, yet still retain some personal control over the way our identities are represented and traded online? Costeja González’s case is a small but critical battle on that broader terrain.

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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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Supporting the creative economy report published - News from Parliament

Supporting the creative economy report published - News from Parliament | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"The Commons Culture Media and Sport Committee recognises the extraordinary success of the UK’s creative industries but warns that this may be jeopardised by any dilution of intellectual property rights and the failure to tackle online piracy.The Committee also "strongly condemns" the "notable" failure of Google in particular to tackle access of copyright infringing websites through its search engine."

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An UK Parliament report that analyses the current state of the creative economy and the role of big service providers. Also interesting in that it sheds light on politician's current understanding of the debates on intellectual property.

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Google Fights Glass Backlash Before It Even Hits The Street : NPR

Google Fights Glass Backlash Before It Even Hits The Street : NPR | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
From privacy concerns to technology saturation, Google's new technology has had its fair share of criticism — and it's not even on sale yet.
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Google glass might be the cyborg tech toy of the year, but it is facing a lot of criticism even before hitting the market. How is Google trying to shape perceptions of the Glass project? And how are the different publics reacting to it?

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Google Transparency Report

Google Transparency Report | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it

"In this report, we disclose:

Real-time and historical traffic to Google services around the world;
Numbers of removal requests that we receive from copyright owners or governments.
Numbers of user data requests that we receive from government agencies and courts."

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Google Illicit Networks summit calls for unity between activists and technology

Google Illicit Networks summit calls for unity between activists and technology | Gentlemachines | Scoop.it
Two-day conference implores Silicon Valley to take an active approach to help boost activists and law enforcers worldwide...
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How to Remove Your Google Search History Before Google's New Privacy Policy Takes Effect | Electronic Frontier Foundation

"If you want to keep Google from combining your Web History with the data they have gathered about you in their other products, such as YouTube or Google Plus, you may want to remove all items from your Web History and stop your Web History from being recorded in the future."

 

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