The day after some worldwide delinking starts being implemented, nothing will stop undemocratic and illiberal places from hosting a search engine that provides links to all information anyway. It would be ironic if we were to find information using a search engine based in North Korea because it were more complete than the local ones.
Recently, I was discussing with fellow colleagues from Latin America the implications of the decision of the European Union's Court of Justice that establishes the "right to be forgotten." One of them pointed out that the content of this "right" notwithstanding, the name itself was an affront to Latin America; rather than promoting this type of erasure, we have spent the past few decades in search of the truth.
The European Union Court of Justice's recent ruling in favor of a "right to be forgotten" has roiled the Internet industry and observers alike. While on the face of it, the court's decision would appear to be a victory for individuals, it brings a host of other unintended consequences and considerable uncertainty.
On May 13, the ECJ rained on Google's anti-privacy parade by ruling that people can ask Google to delete sensitive information from its Internet search results. On the surface, you would think that online privacy advocates would refer to this court decision as the shot heard round the world -- only it's not and here's why.