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Is the right to be forgotten a disaster for the Web?

The right to be forgotten law in Europe could undercut the open exchange of information on the Web. Join our tweet jam August 7 to discuss the merits.

What if you could simply erase data from the Web?

The European Union has made that a possibility. In May, Europe's highest court ruled it's permissible for citizens to request Google remove "irrelevant" or "outdated" information from search results. Known as the right to be forgotten, the decision has vast implications for all kinds of data housed on the Web, and even corporate information that resides behind firewalls. Google has received more than 70,000 takedown requests to date, and some have even been contested, prompting Google to reinstate the links. Is this an unmitigated disaster for the "open Web," or just a state in its maturation?

Some say the ruling is a great way to remove invalid information from the Web. But others fear the implications for the freedom of information and worry about the slippery slope involved in having a small committee decide what is valid to remove. Others are concerned about the increasing onus it places on companies to secure data -- or else.

Join us! All the details:

Date: Thursday, August 7

Time: 2-3 p.m. EST

Host: @sContentManagement

Experts: @steveweissman, @valoratech

Hashtag: Use and follow #righttobeforgotten

In our tweet jam on August 7, we'll explore some of the issues surrounding the right to be forgotten -- for corporations and for individuals. Join SearchContentManagement editors, as well as Sandra Serkes, president of Valora Technologies, and Steve Weissman of Holly Group and the New England Chapter of AIIM, to discuss these controversial issues and the implications for corporate information governance.

Tweet jam rules of the road

Whether you're new to Twitter or a social media pro, here are some helpful suggestions to keep in mind while joining us for this tweet jam:

  • Introduce yourself. Before joining the conversation, let us know who you are. Include your name, organization and job title in your first #RightToBeForgotten tweet.
  • Tell us what is what. SearchContentManagement editors will ask a series of questions to followers between 2 and 3 p.m. EST. Preface your answers with A1 (for Answer 1), A2, A3 and so on, and include the #RightToBeForgotten hashtag." That way, we can answer any questions or discuss ideas without getting confused. If you reply to a particular tweet, include that person's handle. If you do so directly at the beginning of your message, add a period so it gets logged as part of the conversation, such as: “.@lhorwitz”.
  • Stay within character limits. Remember that Twitter permits 140 characters per tweet. If you've got a lot to say, tweet multiple responses to each question.
  • Engage with the community. This is an opportunity to network and connect with Twitter users on the same wavelength. Retweet responses you agree with, and reply to those you don't.
  • Connect with our experts. Serkes and Weissman join us as  discussion leaders and experts; feel free to ask them follow-up questions directly.

Please direct questions, RSVPs or other concerns to executive editor Lauren Horwitz. Email her at, and follow her on Twitter: @lhorwitz.

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