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Remembering and Forgetting in the Digital Age

  • Florent Thouvenin
  • Peter Hettich
  • Herbert Burkert
  • Urs Gasser

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 38)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Florent Thouvenin, Peter Hettich, Herbert Burkert, Urs Gasser
    Pages 1-14
  3. Florent Thouvenin, Peter Hettich, Herbert Burkert, Urs Gasser
    Pages 15-55
  4. Technological Developments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 56-56
    2. Florent Thouvenin, Peter Hettich, Herbert Burkert, Urs Gasser
      Pages 57-58
    3. Florent Thouvenin, Peter Hettich, Herbert Burkert, Urs Gasser
      Pages 59-71
    4. Florent Thouvenin, Peter Hettich, Herbert Burkert, Urs Gasser
      Pages 72-83
    5. Florent Thouvenin, Peter Hettich, Herbert Burkert, Urs Gasser
      Pages 84-101
    6. Florent Thouvenin, Peter Hettich, Herbert Burkert, Urs Gasser
      Pages 102-113
  5. Interdisciplinary Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 114-117
    2. Christine Abbt
      Pages 124-134
    3. Matthias Klemm
      Pages 169-187
    4. Melinda Sebastian, Wesley Shumar
      Pages 188-198
    5. Florent Thouvenin, Peter Hettich, Herbert Burkert, Urs Gasser
      Pages 237-257

About this book

Introduction

This book examines the fundamental question of how legislators and other rule-makers should handle remembering and forgetting information (especially personally identifiable information) in the digital age. It encompasses such topics as data protection, collective memory, privacy and the right to be forgotten when considering data storage and deletion. The authors argue in support of maintaining the new digital default, that (personally identifiable) information should be remembered rather than forgotten. 

The book offers guidelines for legislators as well as private and public organizations on how to make decisions on remembering and forgetting personally identifiable information in the digital age. It draws on three main perspectives: law, including the example of Swiss legal provisions; technology, specifically search engines, internet archives, social media and the mobile internet; and an interdisciplinary perspective from philosophy, the social sciences and archiving science among other disciplines. Readers will benefit from a holistic view of the informational phenomenon of “remembering and forgetting”.

This book will appeal to economists, lawyers, philosophers, sociologists, historians, anthropologists, and psychologists among many others. Such wide appeal is due to its rich and interdisciplinary approach to the challenges for individuals and society at large with regard to this aspect of human experience in the digital age. 

Keywords

Right to be Forgotten Data Protection Data Privacy Collective Memory Remembering and Forgetting Data Storage and Deletion Digital Archives Information Management Informational Self Determination Social and Cultural Identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Florent Thouvenin
    • 1
  • Peter Hettich
    • 2
  • Herbert Burkert
    • 3
  • Urs Gasser
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Zurich ZurichSwitzerland
  2. 2.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  3. 3.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland
  4. 4.Berkman Klein Center for Internet & SocietyHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90230-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Law and Criminology
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90229-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90230-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2352-1902
  • Series Online ISSN 2352-1910
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