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In the Intelligence Squared Debate, “The U.S. Should Adopt the ‘Rights to Be Forgotten’ Online”, Paul Netmiz, director for fundamental rights, and Eric Loaner, Prof. at University of Chicago, supported the motion; On the other hand, Andrew McLaughlin, CEO of Digg and Instapaper, and Jonathan Zittrain, Prof. at Harvard Law School, argued against the motion. The ‘rights to be forgotten’ simply mean people should have the right to ask search engines to remove links with personal information about them.

Paul Netmiz and Eric Loaner believe that the rights to be forgotten establish people's right to privacy and human dignity. People should be allowed to have control over their personal data, it is deletion rights of personal information. This is important because it allow you to have control on your life and what type of informations people can learn by searching your name on a search engine. States and corporation may have information that you don’t want the public to know, you should have the right to ask for the deletion of those information, within reason of course. For example, doctors cannot delete their medical records or ask the press to remove bad reviews. I agree with this concept because it will allow people to exercise their rights to privacy. There are information that we want to share to the public but also, at the same time, there are information that we recognize as personal information and don’t want the public to know because it can harm our public image. The internet makes it impossible to forget the past, the rights to be forgotten will allow people to move beyond the past. It will restore the balance of the interest controlling what others can learn about you and the interest of those that want to know about you.

Andrew Mclauglin and Jonathan Zittrain argues against the resolution because it is a form of censorship. The rights to be forgotten and the rights to remember are contradictory. It is a suppression of information, forcing people to forget true information. People may have the rights to control what they say or remember but don't have the right to control what others say or remember. The rights to be forgotten is ‘prone to abuse’ because of it's vague understanding. It favors the interest of well-connected elites, those who are wealthy, in office, etc. Privacy has always been a problem but the solution, the rights to be forgotten, is a terrible solution because it conflicts with the right to remember and censorship, it will lead to a system where people won't know what's taken out of search engines and the things that are taken out may never return. It will restrict information and allow people to rewrite history. I also agree with the arguments because people are able to suppress criminal cases, criticism on articles, etc. I believe that this will lead to bias information.

Overall, I strongly support for the notion, ‘the rights to be forgotten’, mainly because people are judge by their past and the internet makes it impossible to forget the past. Many can say that the notion contrast to the rights to remember but I believe that by deleting link to personal information, it will prevent more people with interest to learn about your personal past that is no longer relevant.

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