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12th October, 2016

The Right To Be Forgotten – should it be a right and does it work?

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12th October, 2016
Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre, Tait Building, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

In May 2014, the European Court of Justice decided in favour of “the right to be forgotten”. Since then search engines used by most internet users have had to consider and deal with a new range of considerations and requests, in particular requests from individuals to remove links to freely accessible web pages. This is a critical example of how two different fundamental rights – free speech and privacy – collide in a new way in an age of information saturation.

At this event, George Brock will present key findings from his new book The  Right To Be Forgotten – Privacy and the Media in the Digital Age and a panel of experts will discuss the history behind the judgement, the varied motives behind it, and the wider implications for freedom of speech and journalism. Is the judgement a first step in establishing essential new rights in the digital era or a threat to freedom of information and the accuracy of the historical record?


Chair: Dr Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, Director of Research, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism
Professor George Brock, Journalism Department, City, University of London, and author of The  Right To Be Forgotten – Privacy and the Media in the Digital Age
Dr Julia Powles, Faculty of Law and Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge
Dr Paul Bernal, Lecturer in Information Technology, University of East Anglia
Peter Barron, Head of Communications EMEA, Google

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