Responding to a call from renowned architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti from the Biennale in Shenzhen, Professor Mayer-Schönberger teamed up with Heinz Machat to write a paper on deliberate digital emptiness in urban areas. The paper was selected for the Biennale. It never made it, however, because the Chinese authorities decided to censor some of the selected papers and in response the Biennale organizers decided to withdraw all papers from the Biennale. Instead they got published online on Archdaily here.
In a comprehensive, detailed and balanced article (“The Solace of Oblivion“, September 29, 2014 Issue) in the NEW YORKER on the right to be forgotten, how it came about, what it entails and what it might mean, Jeffrey Tobin extensively quotes Professor Mayer-Schönberger, after calling him “one the intellectual godfathers of the right to be forgotten”. Well worth a read.
Professor Trevor Pinch (Cornell University) and Mark Lane of Radio France International (RFI) discuss the themes and implications of Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s book “Delete” on the station’s “Webwatch” feature. Watch here their relief that some aspects of their own lives have gone unrecorded.
Princeton University Press has just published the paperback edition of Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s awards-winning book “Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age.” The paperback version is not only more affordable, but also sports a newly added chapter, in which Professor Mayer-Schönberger offers updates on his argument, as well as some personal insights into his own journey of thinking about and dealing with the challenges posed by comprehensive digital memory. The book is available at Amazon and many other book sellers around the world.
In einer Rezension im anerkannten Computermagazin c’t urteilt die Rezensentin, Susanne Lindau, über “Delete“, das preisgekrönte Buch von Professor Mayer-Schönberger zum Vergessen in digitalen Zeiten, es sei “lesenswert” aber auch [g]schrieben mit leichter Hand” und daher “auch eine unterhaltsame Lektüre”. (Heft 1/2011)
Manuela Lenzen rezensiert die deutschsprachige Ausgabe von Professor Mayer-Schönbergers preisgekröntem Buch “Delete – Über die Tugend des Vergessens in Digitalen Zeiten” im Feuilleton der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung (FAZ).
Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s book “Delete” has won the Don K. Price Award for best book in science and technology politics published during the past three years by the American Political Science Association (APSA).
Paul Duguid, co-author of the masterpiece “The Social Life of Information”, reviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s recent book “Delete” in the TLS (Times Literary Supplement) and concluded by saying that “Mayer-Schönberger deserves to be applauded and Delete deserves to be read”. The full review is here.
Stanford professor Fred Turner reviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s recent book “Delete” in NATURE, and liked it. He concludes by saying “If Mayer-Schönberger is right – and I’m convinced he is – then the old Kris Kristofferson song might be true after all: in the future, freedom could be just another word for nothing left to lose.” The full review is here.
Famed neurobiology professor Yadin Dudai has reviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s book “Delete” in the “New Scientist”, and really liked it. He concluded by saying that “[t]his proposal should not be forgotten as we navigate between the urge to record and immortalize our lives and the need to stay productive and sane”.
Well-known Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten has reviewed Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s new book “Delete” and the importance of forgetting in a digital age.
Top academic publishing house Princeton University Press has just released “Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age“, Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s brand new book on the importance of human forgetting, the shift due to digital tools towards comprehensive remembering, and the dire consequences this shift may entail for everyone of us, and for society at large. Going far beyond conventional privacy and data protection arguments, “Delete” argues that undoing forgetting may limit our ability to forgive each other and ourselves, and to constrain our ability to act and decide in the present as we remain tethered to an ever more detailed remembered past.
Not content with just sketching out the challenge ahead of us, in this book Professor Mayer-Schönberger evaluates various options to confront the challenge, and – concluding that no silver bullet exists – also suggests a creative solution: building the ability to forget into the digital tools we use. Labeled “expiration dates” for personal information, this approach is not a technical fix to the ills of comprehensive remembering, but is rather intended to remind us humans time and again that most information is linked to a particular temporal context and thus loses its relevance over time.
Chapter one is free to download.
James Harkin discusses the importance of forgetting in the digital age in “The Sunday Times”, and reviews Professor Mayer-Schönberger’s upcoming book “Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age”.