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By Luciano Floridi

This ebook provides the most recent study at the demanding situations and strategies affecting the equilibrium among freedom of speech, freedom of knowledge, info safeguard and the proper to informational privateness. Given the complexity of the themes addressed, the e-book exhibits how previous criminal and moral frameworks might have to be not just up to date, but in addition supplemented and complemented by means of new conceptual options. Neither a conservative angle (“more of the same”) nor a progressive zeal (“never visible before”) is probably going to steer to passable options. as a substitute, extra mirrored image and higher conceptual layout are wanted, no longer least to harmonise diversified views and felony frameworks across the world. the point of interest of the e-book is on how we could reconcile excessive degrees of data safety with strong levels of informational privateness, additionally in reference to contemporary demanding situations awarded via phenomena corresponding to “big facts” and protection scandals, in addition to new laws projects, resembling these bearing on “the correct to be forgotten” and using own information in biomedical learn. The booklet seeks to provide analyses and ideas of the hot tensions, with a view to construct a good, shareable and sustainable stability during this very important quarter of human interactions.

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Liberating the present from the tie that brings it back to the past may help people enjoying new beginnings, novel stories, or alternative lives, as advocates of the right to be forgotten often claim. , the erasure of memory traces in the name of the right to oblivion, may deprive the individuals of their future in a subtle way. As Friedrich Nietzsche warns in his Untimely Meditations, namely in “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life” from 1874, it appears difficult to build our own future on a series of erasures, or removals.

How could a balance between memory and oblivion be properly struck? In order to offer a hopefully comprehensive view on these issues, the paper is presented in four parts. Next, focus is on the philosophical status of the past: although it seems obvious that both memory and the right to be forgotten have to do with the dimension of the past, the meaning of such past is not evident. The confusion that often affects the current debate undermines the opinion that legal systems shall recognize and protect an individual right to be forgotten.

8 By adopting the idea that communication is a matter of messages sent and received, with a content that refers to something outside of the message, we can for instance flesh out to what extent human persons are indeed messaging machines and, if so, to what extent their messages differ from those of other messaging machines (plants, animals, robots, artificial agents). 9 Based on Floridi, we can translate this as ‘the freedom from the location of the referent, the sender or the receiver of a message being shared’.

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