Collective memory or the right to be forgotten? Cultures of digital memory and forgetting in the European Union

Elizabeth Stainforth
2021 Memory Studies  
This article investigates cultures of digital memory and forgetting in the European Union. The article first gives some background to key debates in media memory studies, before going on to analyse the shaping of European Commission and European Union initiatives in relation to Google's activities from the period 2004–present. The focus of inquiry for the discussion of memory is the Google Books project and Europeana, a database of digitized cultural collections drawn from European museums,
more » ... aries and archives. Attention is then given to questions of forgetting by exploring the tension between Google's search and indexing mechanisms and the right to be forgotten. The article ends by reflecting on the scale of the shift in contemporary cultures of memory and forgetting, and considers how far European regulation enables possible interventions in this domain.
doi:10.1177/17506980211044707 fatcat:5pl7mcai6rel3mu2gwkkgsgika