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There is no better source for fostering informed debate on this issue.

Science, March 19, 2010
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Le Monde, January 3, 2010

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Mayer-Schönberger deserves to be applauded and Delete deserves to be read

TLS, November 20, 2009
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Lucid, eminently readable

Globe and Mail, January 5, 2010

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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.

Nature, October 30, 2009
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This 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

New Scientist, October 29, 2009

Forgetting is a fundamental human trait. As we humans forget, we forgive, and we rid ourselves of memories that have become irrelevant to who we are and what we do. Forgetting lets us decide and act in the present, rather than remain tethered to the past. But what if we can no longer forget? As digital tools capture ever more of what we experience every day, permit us to keep these digital memories for years and decades, and retrieve information in them quickly and easily, we may lose our ability to forget. In this path-breaking book, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger explains what the consequences of comprehensive digital memory may mean to us, how they might endanger how we live, and what can be done to give forgetting the role it deserves.

Mayer-Schönberger’s plea for forgetting in the digital age has often been describes as the first wake-up call on the dark consequences of our age of comprehensive digital memories. Accordingly, the “New Yorker” called him the “intellectual godfather of the right to be forgotten”, which the European Court of Justice in 2014 found to be a right all Europans enjoy.

It is the classic starting point for anyone interested in memory and forgetting in the digital age.

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