On the CJEU Ruling on the “Right to be Forgotten”

The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that a person’s right to have some of their past forgotten extends to the removal of some results from search engines, while the purportedly “forgotten” information may continue to be publically available at its source. In an ongoing effort to deal with a legal situation that probably cannot sensibly be dealt with until it is changed, Google has created an Advisory Board, following its chief legal officer’s, David Drummond’s,  discussion of the ruling.

The website for the Advisory Board invites comments; here are mine: »»»»


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Neue Beobachtungen zur medialen Kontrolle: Einiges an Theorie sowie Analysen zum Kulturkontakt

Die Beiträge der Dezemberausgabe 2012 von Mediale Kontrolle unter Beobachtung setzen die Publikation der Tagung Neueste Medien unter Kontrolle? aus dem vorigen Jahr fort. Schwerpunkte der drei neuen Texte sind einerseits weiterführende Überlegungen zu wissenschaftlichen Begriffen und Beschreibungsmodellen medialer Kontrolle; sowie andererseits der Blick auf Kontrollmechanismen im Kontext interkultureller Kommunikation und interkultureller Vergleiche. »»»»

Secondness and Individuality in a Sociological Calculus of Form

Fair warning: This post probably isn’t going to be a lot of fun unless you’re interested in George Spencer Brown’s Laws of Form, and then in adding to rather than taming its degree of abstraction by comparing it to Peirce. Ok? Ok.

Last week, Dirk Baecker traced an inspiration from a metaphor in George Spencer Brown’s explanations at AUM: Following Schönwälder et al. (2004:27) and then going beyond their description of the trope, he takes the — at first metaphorical — analogy of arithmetic and algebra as mirroring individual knowledge and sociological research seriously. While the arithmetician knows each number personally, and the arithmetic of form knows the two values of marked and unmarked by heart, variables allow the algebraist to focus on the “generality of numbers”, as GSB puts it: “He is more interested in the sociology of numbers that applies, whatever individual numbers come there.”

Note, and this is where my interest begins, that GSB calls the algebraist an algebraist, but does not name the arithmetician as I just did; instead, he refers to a number theorist as the algebraist’s opposite number, drawing on another analogy that sets up the arithmetic of form as the complement to the theory of numbers. »»»»

“Mediale Kontrolle unter Beobachtung”: Open Access-Plattform online

Die ersten sechs Beiträge zur Tagung Neueste Medien unter Kontrolle? sind heute endlich online gegangen. Dirk Baecker, Michael Seemann, Francois Bry, Felix Schrape, Kaspar Maase und Fernand Hörner betrachten die Intervention, Steuerung und Überwachung in und durch neueste Medien aus soziologischen, diskursanalytischen, informationstechnischen, kulturwissenschaftlichen und ästhetischen Perspektiven. Sukzessive sollen am selben Ort auch die anderen Tagungsbeiträge sowie weitere Beiträge zum Thema der medialen Kontrolle erscheinen. »»»»

Stephan Packard DID NOT invite you to join Google+

…so for some reason, some of my friends and colleagues have received ‘invitations’ from ‘me’ to join Google+. The mails don’t look like spam, but rather as if they do come from the Google+ system. But I didn’t send out any invitations on purpose, and at least one of the recipients shouldn’t even be known to my Google+ account at all, unless Google is using my android address book to get at contacts. However, many other friends did *not* receive these mails.

So: If you have received such an ‘invitation’, I’d like to:

(1) apologize for spamming you, albeit inadvertently;

(2) if you’d be so kind, ask you to drop me a line if you did get such a mail, which might help me to figure out what is going on.

Incidentally, yes I am aware of the irony of this happening to someone studying the control of communication in newest media. Oh dear.



Wie die Telekom Emails verschickt II

Die vor zehn Tagen angekündigte Nachricht ist jetzt angekommen. Und zwar…


…per Post.



Wie die Telekom Emails verschickt

Am Servicetelephon:

Die Email ist unterwegs, ich kann sie Ihnen auch vorlesen, aber es dauert 1-2 Werktage, bis die elektronische Nachricht von unserem internen Server auf den externen Server umgespeichert wird, so daß sie auch nach außen versandt werden kann.

In welcher Branche war die Firma gleich wieder tätig?

Google’s Double-Plus Real Names

So after spending a couple of weeks talking about why Google+ is so great, we are now in the second week of speaking about Google’s strange policy regarding user names for this new social network. And it really is very strange, perhaps even more so than it is controversial, oppressive, or socially obliging. For whatever you might have heard and whatever Google’s original intention might have been, the way the service and its rules work right now does not boil down to requiring real names. That would have made for a pertinent but simple story; it is a story well worth telling and debating, but it’s not this story. »»»»

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Back with more things I found interesting, repeated here under the assumption that you might find them interesting as well. »»»»