oct
8
2009

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger – Delete:
The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

CITP Lecture Series

Date: Thursday, October 8, 2009
Time: 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Location: 101 Sherrerd Hall
Reception immediately following in 3rd floor atrium

All through the analog age, for humans it has been easy to forget, and hard to remember. In the digital age, the situation has reversed: today the default is to store and remember; forgetting has become the exception. This has profound consequences for individuals and society, from how (informational) power is allocated to whether and how we retain our capacity to act in time. In this talk I analyze these consequences as well as possible solutions – legal and technical – to address the challenge posed by comprehensive digital memory.

Bio:

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Director of the Information + Innovation Policy Research Centre. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Before coming to the LKYSPP he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard¹s Kennedy School of Government.

Professor Mayer-Schönberger has published seven books and over a hundred articles (including in Science) and book chapters. A native Austrian, Professor Mayer-Schönberger founded Ikarus Software in 1986, a company focusing on data security, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person-of-the-Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000.

He chairs the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, is the cofounder of the SubTech conference series, and served on the ABA/AALS National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. He holds a number of law degrees, including one from Harvard and an MS(Econ) from the London School of Economics. In his spare time, he likes to travel, go to the movies, and learn about architecture.

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