Having unlimited access to public information sources is understood to be a fundamental prerogative in democratic processes and for the well-functioning of a market economy. In fact, the intention to keep the deficit of asymmetric information as small as possible and thereby improving effectiveness is an essential difference between liberal-democratic states and authoritarian regimes.
This premise, however, appears to contradict the so-called right to personal integrity, analysed in Jacob Dexe’s paper. The researcher at SICS Swedish ICT and formerly at Fores draws a clear contrast between the individual’s right to be forgotten and the desirable state of open information. He concludes that after all, finding an appropriate equilibrium isn’t always easy.
You can read his paper here: Dexe – On the Right to Be Forgotten
About the Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce:
The Ralf Dahrendorf Taskforce on the Future of the European Union provides a platform for ELF member organisations to discuss liberal proposals for the reform of the EU institutions and the future of the European integration process. The recommendations produced by working groups will be gathered in a publication presenting liberal recommendations for the future of the EU.
The work of the Taskforce is structured in four working groups:
- WG I: Reform of the EU institutions – re-Democratisation of the EU
- WG II: Foreign, Security and Defence – strong cooperation for a stronger Europe in the world
- WG III: Protecting civil liberties – a liberal footprint for Europe
- WG IV: Financial and economic crisis – liberal solutions for a Europe that work
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Ukraine as a bridge to Russia, 03.03.2015
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