Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jul 2014 21:52 UTC
Internet & Networking

When you Google someone from within the EU, you no longer see what the search giant thinks is the most important and relevant information about an individual. You see the most important information the target of your search is not trying to hide.

Stark evidence of this fact, the result of a European court ruling that individuals had the right to remove material about themselves from search engine results, arrived in the Guardian's inbox this morning, in the form of an automated notification that six Guardian articles have been scrubbed from search results.

And then the EU wonders why support for even more 'Europe' is at an all-time low.

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by Berend de Boer on Wed 2nd Jul 2014 23:27 UTC in reply to "..."
Berend de Boer
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2005-10-19

The internet tends to route around blocks....

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by Hiev on Wed 2nd Jul 2014 23:38 in reply to "RE: ..."
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

I don't see something that benefits me and you as an "internet block", sorry.

Edited 2014-07-02 23:38 UTC

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by ssokolow on Thu 3rd Jul 2014 00:10 in reply to "RE[2]: ..."
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

I think the point is that:

1. History has shown that measures like this quickly get abused for censorship.

2. There's no technical difference between "right to be forgotten" and "censorship" so any technical measure which affects the viability of one will affect the viability of the other.

3. There's a strong impetus on the part of organizations like the RIAA and MPAA to use censorship in exactly this vein.

4. A similar dynamic already played out when centrally-indexed P2P file-sharing gave way to P2P systems with no single point that could be sued our blocked out of existence.

(Admittedly, there is some noise in that last example since junk-spamming on things like Gnutella led to moderated BitTorrent and, while modern BitTorrent itself has no central point of failure, a decentralized mechanism for moderated indexes like The Pirate Bay is still in development.)

The point is, given the flood of DMCA takedown requests to sites like Google, I predict we'll see increasing interest in decentralized search (in the vein of YaCy) which, by design, can't be censored.

As a result, that will also render the "right to be forgotten" unenforceable.

(Plus, of course, don't forget the Streisand Effect.)

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