ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology invites you to a public lecture by Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information at the University of Oxford and Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute, titled 'Right to be Forgotten: the Spark in the Powder Keg.'
Professor Floridi will be joined by the Minister of State for European Affairs and Data Protection, Dara Murphy, Daragh O'Brien from data protection compliance consultancy Castlebridge Associates, and a representative from the ADAPT Centre for Digital Content Technology.
The recent ruling by the European Court of Justice in favour of the “right to be forgotten” is part of the coming of age of our information society, unveiling a tension between privacy and the value of controlling and shaping information about oneself, on the one hand, and freedom of speech and the value of having access to relevant information, on the other. It is important to recognise the delicate nature of the problem we are facing, and hence the seriousness and complexity of the efforts needed to solve it.
Current European data protection law is the expression of a time when there was a clear divide between online and offline. Today, that divide is being bridged in favour of the “onlife”, a mixture of analogue and digital, physical and virtual experiences, like driving a car following the instructions of a navigator. There is a subtlety and scale to the challenge of our “onlife” existence that calls for enlightened and innovative solutions. More and more, our lives are spent and shaped in the infosphere. Rather than just trying to adopt small, incremental changes in old conceptual frameworks, merely adapting previous legislation, or tinkering with current technologies, we need new and bold ideas, and more dialogue. The information revolution has brought a remarkable capacity to tailor digital services and products for commercial and scientific ends. We must pay equal, if not more, attention to ethical ends, reflecting on how we may promote an “e-nvironmental” ethics for our infosphere.
A light lunch will be provided from 12.30pm for registered attendees.