Picture the most humiliating experience of your life. Now imagine that this awful moment was captured on video by someone else and posted online where anyone could access it just by Googling your name.
This scenario is reality for a growing number of people, and has given rise to the concept of a “Right to Be Forgotten” – the idea that individuals should have some measure of control over personal information or images of them on the internet.
Since 2014, the European Union has given this idea the force of law. Despite controversy over its implementation and concerns it will limit speech, other countries have adopted similar measures - and the debate has even reached the U.S.
Joining the program:
- Willem Van Lynden, online reputation specialist, MediaMaze
- Meg Leta Jones, associate professor of communication, culture and technology, Georgetown University
- Michael Oghia, advocacy and engagement manager, Global Forum for Media Development
Assistant producers: Kyle McCubbin, Minna Tian, Renae Whissel
Supervising producers: Trevor Hook, Edom Kassaye