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Wikipedia Describes EU's "Right to be Forgotten" as "Memory Holes"

     
4:08 pm on Aug 6, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Memory holes! I knew i'd forgotten something, somewhere. ;)

Seriously, though, this is an import issue, and especially ludicrous legislation when the information still exists, but is hidden from EU citizens.



Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has described the EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ laws as “censorship” today, warning that "history is a human right and one of the worst things that a person can do is attempt to use force to silence another.”

Speaking at Wikipedia’s annual Wikimedia conference in London, Wales revealed that Google has been asked to remove five links to the encyclopaedia since the EU ruling came into force in May – all of which have been catalogued by Wikipedia’s parent company, the Wikimedia foundation.Wikipedia Describes EU's "Right to be Forgotten" as "Memory Holes" [independent.co.uk]
Speaking at the conference, Wikimedia Foundation executive director Lila Tretikov warned that the ‘right to be forgotten’ could create an internet riddled with Orwellian “memory holes” where “inconvenient information simply disappears.”
6:36 am on Aug 10, 2014 (gmt 0)

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Every culture has a right to go to hell in the handbasket of their choice. Nothing new here, just chuckles that Jimmy Wales chimes in as the leader of the most "memory hole" or "let's rewrite history" site on the internet. His "editors" and "submitters" have been doing this for freakin' years!
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His "editors" and "submitters" have been doing this for freakin' years!

A fair point, and worthy of a chuckle.

But it is the function of a publisher to decide what to include and what to omit.

And the so-called "right to be forgotten" does not change the publication itself.

It hides and suppresses legally published information, without judicial oversight or right of appeal.

Orwell would surely recognise such a system.

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