Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vint Cerf Attacks European Internet Policy

Warman, Matt. “Vint Cerf Attacks European Internet Policy.” The Telegraph, March 29, 2012.

From the article: "Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the modern web, has condemned a central plank of European proposals to regulate the internet as impractical to enforce and 'terrifying' in prospect… (he) said that the so-called ‘right to be forgotten’ online was "not possible to achieve." He told The Telegraph, "You can’t go out and remove content from everybody’s computer just because you want the world to forget about something. I don’t think it’s a practical proposition at all."… He added that "The analogue [equivalent of this digital idea] is terrifying; if somebody said 'I want everyone to forget about this book that I published because it's embarrassing', how would you implement that? You would have to break in to people's homes and take the book off the bookshelves. There's some legal issues with that and it seems to me that it shouldn’t be any easier in the online world." Read more