Should There Be a Right to be Forgotten?

Fri, 20 February, 2015 12:00pm

In May 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled that Google must recognize European citizens' "right to be forgotten" by removing links to articles and other Internet content about them that they would prefer to have "forgotten" -- even if such content is truthful and accurate. Google has since received hundreds of thousands of requests to remove links to content that requesters would rather have "forgotten." What does this ruling mean for the future of freedom of expression and information on the Internet? 

Professor Jeffrey Rosen will deliver his address on "Should There Be a Right to be Forgotten?" Professors Meg Ambrose of Georgetown University and Arturo Carrillo of GW Law will serve as commentators, before opening the floor to Q&A from the public.

This event is sponsored by GW Law's Global Internet Freedom & Human Rights Project and is the third seminar in the University Seminar Series "Our Networked Future: Emerging Issues in Internet Governance and Freedom," organized by Professors Arturo Carrillo, Dawn Nunziato, William Youmans, Lance Hoffman, and Susan Aaronson.

Commentary & Questions by 

  • Meg Ambrose, Professor of Communication, Culture & Technology, Georgetown University; and 
  • Arturo Carrillo, Director, International Human Rights Clinic, GW Law

This event is made possible by the generous support of Microsoft.

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