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Opinion: A Tale of Two Ideologies

ONLINE PRIVACY

June 8, 2011

In a feature for The Atlantic Monthly, John Hendel explores the push-and-pull between calls for a "right to be forgotten" online and support for an open Internet in suggesting the world's "two biggest transnational institutions may soon fall into a complex, ideological struggle over people's rights to digital expression." One United Nations official suggests the removal of data, as sought in the right to be forgotten being advocated in the EU, would violate free expression. Hendel questions, "Could Europe's right to be forgotten evolve into a direct violation of the UN's newly entrenched principles and commitment to Internet liberty?" And his conclusion is, "Expect the battles to only be beginning."
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