Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

 Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the OII's Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy.

Email: viktor.ms@oii.ox.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)1865 287232

Profile

Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is the Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at Oxford. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Earlier he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Professor Mayer-Schönberger has published seven books, as well as over a hundred articles (including in Science) and book chapters. His most recent book, the awards-winning 'Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age' (Princeton University Press 2009) has received favorable reviews by academic (Nature, Science, New Scientist) and mainstream media (New York Times, Guardian, Le Monde, NPR, BBC, Wired) and has been published in four languages. Ideas proposed in the book have now become official policy, e.g. of the European Union.

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 chaired the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, is the cofounder of the SubTech conference series, and served on the ABA/AAAS National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. He is on the advisory boards of corporations and organizations around the world, including Microsoft and the World Economic Forum. He is a personal adviser to the Austrian Finance Minister on innovation policy.

He holds a number of law degrees, including one from Harvard and an MS(Econ) from the London School of Economics, and while in high school won national awards for his programming and the Physics Olympics of his home state.

In his spare time, he likes to travel, go to the movies, and learn about architecture.

Research interests

Internet governance

Positions held at the OII

  • Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, October 2010 -
  • Director of Advancement of the OII, February 2012 - February 2013
  • Visiting Fellow, - November 2009

Publications

Articles

Books

  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. and Cukier, K. (2013) Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think. John Murray.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. (2009) Delete - The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age. Princeton University Press.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. and Lazer, D. (eds) (2007) Governance and Information Technology - From Electronic Government to Information Government. MIT Press.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. and Brandl, E.O. (2006) Datenschutzgesetz. Linde.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V., Galla, F. and Fallenböck, M. (eds) (2001) Das Recht der Domain Namen.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. (2001) Information und Recht - Vom Datenschutz bis zum Urheberrecht. Springer.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V., Pilz, M., Reiser, C. and Schmölzer, G. (2000) Signaturverordnung (SigV) - Kommentierte Beilage zum Praxiskommentar Signaturgesetz, Orac.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V., Pilz, M., Reiser, C. and Schmölzer, G. (1999) Signaturgesetz - Praxiskommentar. Orac.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. and Brandl, E.O. (1999) Datenschutzgesetz 2000. Linde.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. and Schneider-Manns-Au, L. (eds) (1997) Der Jurist am Info-Highway. Orac.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. (1997) Das Recht am Info-Highway. Orac.

Chapters

  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. (2011) Vergessen und das digitale Gedächtnis. In: O.Dimbath and P.Wehling (eds) Soziologie des Vergessens. UVK. p. 229.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. (2010) Habermas 2.0. In: S.Pitzer and I.Scheithauer (eds) www.fern-sehen.com - Die Aufgabe des Rundfunks im Wandel der Öffentlichkeit. Schriftenreihe der Landesmedienanstalten Nr. 44 (VISTAS 2010) 21.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. (2008) In Search of the Story. In N.Stehr and B.Weiler (eds) Who owns Knowledge - Knowledge and the Law. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, p. 237.
  • Mayer-Schönberger, V. (2008) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Proxy Battles over Peer-to-Peer Movie Sharing. In E.M.Noam and L.M.Pupillo (eds) Peer-to-Peer Video. Springer, p. 251.

Reports

Working papers

Teaching

Courses taught at the OII

  • Law and the Internet

    Introducing the challenges and limitations of conventional legal institutions on the Internet (especially those administered by the State) and reinterpreting these institutions in the context of the Internet.

Webcasts

  • Big Data - The Book

    Big Data - The Book

    Recorded on: 29 January 2013 Duration: 00:03:00

    "Big Data" introduces you to the recent bestselling book by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier.

  • Society and the Internet Series. 10: The Value of Forgetting

    Society and the Internet Series. 10: The Value of Forgetting

    Recorded on: 7 February 2011 Duration: 00:04:50

    Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger discusses the main themes of his lecture in the OII's "Society and the Internet" lecture series: the emerging threats to network security and how they can be addressed through social and technical initiatives.

  • Viktor Mayer-Schönberger:

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger: "Delete" - The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age (IPP2010 Keynote)

    Recorded on: 17 September 2010 Duration: 01:02:41

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses the phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget. This lecture closed the Policy and Internet journal's conference: "Internet, Politics, Policy 2010".

  • The Virtue of Forgetting

    The Virtue of Forgetting

    Recorded on: 18 September 2009 Duration: 00:32:54

    Digital technology empowers us to find and share information as never before, but we do not always foresee the consequences of these new powers. Can the dangers of everlasting digital memory be avoided? Can we reintroduce our capacity to forget?

News

  • Tourism industry finds big potential in big data

    17 September 2014 CCTV

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger tells China Central TV about the exciting new prospects of personalised individualised agendas for travellers that Big Data will enable.

  • Tying up the internet

    16 September 2014 Financial Times

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is quoted in an article about censorship and control of the internet. He says there never was a global commons of the internet and, in reality, vacuums of power on the internet have always existed.

  • Google Can Now Delete Your Past - But How Much Should Be Erased?

    12 August 2014 Popular Science

    An article discussing the ruling of the ECJ requiring Google to take down some links refers to Viktor Mayer-Schönberger as the 'godfather of the right to be forgotten' and quotes his suggestions for dealing with outdated online content.

  • Google launches 'advisory council' page on right to be forgotten

    11 July 2014 The Guardian

    Google launched a page dedicated to the ECJ ruling on the 'Right to be Forgotten' The Guardian article reports on Google's appointees to its Advisory Council which includes Luciano Floridi.

  • Misery merchants

    5 July 2014 The Economist

    An article on the questions surrounding regulation of 'revenge porn' quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • Natalie Haynes's Brave New Algo-World

    1 July 2014 BBC Radio 4

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger talks about algorithms and big data on Natalie Haynes' radio show when she attempts to find an algorithm to determine the perfect joke.

  • Warum der Cyber-Dialog doch nützlich war

    27 June 2014 Deutsche Welle

    A report on the US-German cyber-dialogue notes progress made and highlights the discussion of big-data quoting Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • How Far Will EU Citizens' 'Right to Be Forgotten' Extend?

    5 June 2014 New York Times

    The recent ruling by the European Court of Justice allowing citizens to ask Google to remove information held about them, may not result in large scale removal of data says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • How far will EU citizens' 'right to be forgotten' extend?

    5 June 2014 Reuters

    Viktor Mayer Schönberger points out that the 'right to be forgotten,' alreadya part of European data protection laws, will not not mean automatic removal of data on demand.

  • How far will European Union citizens' 'right to be forgotten' extend?

    5 June 2014 The Economic Times

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is points out that the 'right to be forgotten' has existed in European Data laws since 1995 and does not automatically lead to a deletion of data.

  • Throwback Thursday: Quit the netstalgia – we could all do with clearing our web history

    5 June 2014 The Independent

    In a reflection on the drawbacks of comprehensive digital recall, the writer quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger from 2011 saying that inability to forgets limits the ability to process the world.

  • Rein geht alles. Aber was kommt raus?

    24 May 2014 Zeit Online

    German language article in the wake of the ruling that Google may be required to remove information if a complaint is upheld, refers to and quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • 'Revenge porn' victims receive boost from German court ruling

    22 May 2014 The Guardian

    A German court has ordered a man to delete intimate pictures of his ex-partner even without any intention to publish. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says this decision is not about a 'right to forget' but more the 'right for one's own image'.

  • Why censoring search engines is a good idea

    20 May 2014 The Japan Times

    The Japan Times quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger who suggests that in a digital age a bit more forgetting would be a good thing.

  • Google chief Eric Schmidt says ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling has got the balance ‘wrong’

    15 May 2014 The Independent

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger suggests that the recent EU ruling allowing citizens to request Google remove links to their name is only likely to result in a few dozen more removals than are already made for copyright reasons.

  • Newshour

    13 May 2014 BBC World Service

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says that the recent European Court of Justice ruling only re-confirms the rights already granted 20 years ago by the European Directive on Data Protection and Privacy (19.20 on clock)

  • Omission of search results is not a 'right to be forgotten' or the end of Google

    13 May 2014 Guardian

    The EU court ruling requiring Google to excise search results if complained about doesn't address the major challenge of digital remembering says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. Total digital recall risks creating a society that can't forget and forgive.

  • Web groups brace for flood of data requests

    13 May 2014 Financial Times

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger points out to the Financial Times that the recent ruling of the European Court of Justice did not grant carte-blanche powers to individuals to demand Google redact information about them.

  • Boost the economy: give away your data

    1 May 2014 Wired.co.uk

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger raises the possibility that in the future a few large data holders could control the raw material that fuels and promotes innovation and growth. His suggestion is that government should make its data troves accessible.

  • Brazil's internet gets groundbreaking bill of rights

    25 April 2014 New Scientist

    Brazil's new internet bill of rights: Viktor Mayer-Schönberger strikes a note of cautious optimism.

  • How big data will haunt you forever: your high school transcript

    11 March 2014 Quartz

    Quartz online news source prints an excerpt from 'Learning with Big Data: The Future of Education' by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier. The article highlights the hazards of permanently retained data.

  • Big data: The critical ingredient

    10 March 2014 Al Jazeera

    Al Jazeera Opinion features an extract from Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book; 'Big Data, A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think.

  • Natalie Haynes’ Brave New Algo-World

    8 January 2014 BBC R4

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is interviewed about the potential applications of the phenomenon of big data. Professor Mayer-Schönberger is the author of "Big Data: A revolution that will change how we live, work and think"

  • Big data’ could create ‘dystopian future’ for students

    28 December 2013 Times Higher Education

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger expressed concerns to the THES that as more detailed 'big data' sets are available to colleges and universities, students will face a 'dystopian future' where their ability to choose their courses could be constrained.

  • Reinventing Privacy Principles for the Big Data Age – New Report

    6 December 2013 Oxford Internet Institute

    Now is the time to augment and improve the Privacy Principles drawn up by the OECD over 30 years ago to ensure their relevance in the age of Big Data. A new report by Professor Mayer-Schönberger and colleagues signposts five priorities.

  • My book 'Big Data' represents benefits & possibilities in the future: Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

    18 October 2013 The Economic Times

    India's Economic Times interviewed Viktor Mayer-Schönberger in depth about his recent book on Big Data.

  • Business Book of the Year 2013

    18 September 2013 Financial Times

    Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, the bestselling book by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Kenneth Cukier has been shortlisted for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year.

  • Big Data: too much information

    16 June 2013 South China Morning Post

    Review of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think by Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, and Kenneth Cukier, data editor of The Economist, which is described as ‘illuminating and very timely’.

  • Business Book Review: Big Data

    15 June 2013 StarTribune

    Review of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier’s  book, ‘Big Data, a revolution that will transform how we live, work and think' calls it both illuminating and timely.

  • The NSA’s Big Data Problem

    14 June 2013 Time Magazine

    As the extent of the NSA’s data-collecting exercise is revealed the question, according to Time Magazine, is how to use the data to help keep the country safe.  This is a Big Data challenge says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • The importance of forgetting

    12 June 2013 Vancouver Observer

    Themes in Viktor Mayer-Schönberger’s book ‘Delete, the Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age’ are discussed in the context of how we address environmental problems. The writer suggests we have traded our innocence for the oppression of information.

  • Yahoo, Google, Facebook and more face fight to salvage reputations over NSA leaks

    11 June 2013 The Guardian

    Big companies whose trade has been built on trust risk serious consequences as a result of the NSA leaks row. Viktor Mayer-Schöberger comments that once trust is violated it is very difficult to re-stablish.

  • The dictatorship of data

    31 May 2013 MIT Technology Review

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier use the story of former Secretary of Defence, Robert McNamara,  a man who believed Truth lay in data, to illustrate the dangers of  over-reliance on numbers in big data analysis.

  • Internet steals the chance to forget our past failures

    12 May 2013 The Sydney Morning Herald

    The Sydney Morning Herald highlights Viktor Mayer-Schönberger’s work on forgetting in a digital age. lso refers to proposed EU legislation on the retention of data sometimes called  'the Right to be Forgotten'.

  • Think Again: Big Data

    9 May 2013 Foreign Policy

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book is quoted in the introduction to an article challenging some of the claims for the power of Big Data.

  • Do I have the Right to be Forgotten? (R)

    5 May 2013 BBC Radio 4

    Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, authority on forgetting in a digital age, tells Radio 4 that if we don’t have the right to be forgotten, others might take control of online records of our digital past. (c 17.00 on clock)

  • Erasing History

    28 April 2013 New York Times

    A US woman is taking a class action against media whose reports of her arrest appear online despite a local law which allowed her to expunge the official record. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments on tricky questions of online data retention.

  • What you'll do next

    16 April 2013 The New York Times

    Op Ed column exploring the big data revolution and its relationship with human behaviour, featuring Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data.

  • Paris Brown. Social media means your awful 17-year-old self is shackled to you forever

    8 April 2013 New Statesman

    Comment piece on the campaign against the teenage youth police commissioner whose offensive tweets have come back to haunt her, quoting Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • Big Data: An Interview with Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

    4 April 2013 The Council on Foreign Relations

    Kenneth Cukier and Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, authors of the new book Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think, published last month, answered several questions on big data, foreign policy, and China.

  • Forget me not: campaigners fight for control of online data

    4 April 2013 The Guardian

    An exploration of the issues surrounding the 'right to be forgotten' quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger as saying that the "the beauty of the human brain is that we forget which enables us to think in the present."

  • Right to erasure protects people's freedom to forget the past, says expert

    4 April 2013 The Guardian

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says the ability to forget our past, both on and offline, is an essential part of what makes us human.

  • The promise and perils of a datafied world

    25 March 2013 New Scientist

    A review of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data, noting that the book answers the question of what exactly is Big Data.

  • Why 'Big Data' is a Big Deal

    25 March 2013 The Wall Street Journal

    Article on Big Data draws on heavily on Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book: "Big Data: A Revolution that will transform how we live, work, and think".

  • To Save Everything, Click Here, by Evgeny Morozov - review

    23 March 2013 The Guardian

    Review of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data notes that they laudably demolish some of the more ludicrous big-data fantasies.

  • Big Brother, big data or creator culture?

    15 March 2013 The Guardian

    Article suggests that the writing of Cory Doctorow and other Science Fiction authors could help us shape future technology for liberation, not oppression, and refers to Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data.

  • 'Big Data' authors banter with Who's Who of Seattle-area tech leaders

    12 March 2013 Puget Sound Business Journal Online

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier talked to thought leaders in the data industry in Seattle before meeting the public in the Town Hall to talk about their bestseller,'Big Data: A revolution that will transform how we live, work and think'.

  • A second chance at life online

    12 March 2013 Mobiledia

    An article about retention of online information refers to Viktor Mayer-Schönberger view that a ‘self-destruct’ button in everything we create online is key.

  • When More Trumps Better

    11 March 2013 The Wall Street Journal

    Evgeny Morozov reviews Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data. He says that "no other book offers such an accessible and balanced tour of the many benefits and downsides of our continuing infatuation with data."

  • Big Data

    10 March 2013 Austin American-Statesman/Kirukus Reviews

    Review of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data.

  • Wonkbook: Is Washington suddenly working?

    8 March 2013 Washington Post

    Washington Post's morning policy news primer notes the Wall Street Journal report that quotes from Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data, on the financial bonanza of Big Data.

  • The Financial Bonanza of Big Data

    7 March 2013 Wall Street Journal

    Vast troves of information are manipulated and monetized, yet companies have a hard time assigning value to it. The authors of Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think look at the implications of Big Data for business.

  • Social Studies

    6 March 2013 The Globe and Mail

    The facts and arguments column in The Globe and Mail quotes the prediction in Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data that data-driven decisions are poised to augment or overrule human argument.

  • 'Big Data' by Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier

    5 March 2013 The Boston Globe

    The Globe’s review of Big Data concludes that Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier offer up some sensible suggestions on how we can have the blessings of big data and our freedoms, too.

  • Beware the Call of Siren servers: Two views of the Internet data explosion give contrasting visions of the future

    3 March 2013 The Observer

    John Kampfner reviews Viktor Mayer-Schönberger and Ken Cukier's book on Big Data, noting that the authors prefer to focus on the value of Big Data rather than the dangers.

  • What's to be Done about Big Data?

    3 March 2013 Forbes

    In an interview with the authors of Big Data, Gil Press says that the book is an excellent introduction for a general audience to this hot topic of conversation and provides a launch pad for a much-needed conversation about Big Data.

  • Do I have a Right to be Forgotten?

    7 January 2013 BBC Radio 4

    Professor Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, authority on forgetting in a digital age, tells Radio 4 that if we don’t have the right to be forgotten, others might take control of online records of our digital past. (c 17.00 on clock)

  • Medienexperte Mayer-Schönberger: "Kein Urheber lebt in einem Vakuum

    5 December 2012 Der Standard

    In an interview about digital copyright, Viktor Mayer-Schönberger says ‘no author lives in a vacuum’.  Current copyright regulation is outdated and unworkable, he warns, and without change, rules will be ignored and society will act as it sees fit. 

  • Why we need to let our online memories go

    23 November 2012 Washington Post

    'We need to appreciate and preserve forgetting as a feature of humanity' says Viktor Mayer -Schönberger in an article in the Washington Post arguing that forgetting allows us to grow, learn and forgive – and enjoy rancour- free family events.

  • Das ghadenlose Gedächtnis

    19 October 2012 Tages Anzeiger

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger’s ground breaking work on the right to forget is referred to in an article about the ‘unforgiving memory’ in the German language magazine Tages Anzeiger .

  • Das Netz vergisst doch

    27 September 2012 Zeit Online

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's recommendation that the 'right to be forgotten' be incorporated in EU regulation is referred to in an article on Internet data retention and loss.

  • Bettina Wulff v Google. Neutrale Suchergebnisse sind eine Fiktion

    14 September 2012 Die Zeit

    Germany’s former first lady is suing Google after searches for her name reinforced rumours about her private life. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is interviewed by Zeit online on why the concept of neutral search results is a fiction.

  • Fur das Vergessen

    27 August 2012 Speigel

    Max Mosley is suing Google in an attempt to get intimate pictures of him, removed from the site.  Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, authority on forgetting in a digital age was asked for an expert opinion. Filters can and should be installed he says.

  • Class of 2020

    23 July 2012 BBC UK China

    A report on rising numbers of Asian graduates refers to the OII Geographies of the World's knowledge maps and quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger saying that the distinct geography of the information age will be about universities and innovation.

  • End of empire for Western universities?

    11 July 2012 BBC News

    The BBC features an OII map demonstrating continuing Western cultural dominance in an article on the rapid increase in graduates from China and India. Victor Mayer-Schönberger discusses the knowledge imbalance.

  • Data Protection for the Digital Age

    28 June 2012 Greens/European Free Alliance

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's ground-breaking work on forgetting and remembering in the digital age is informing policy-making at international level. His speech at the European Parliament hearing on data protection regulation is available on video.

  • Why it's good to forget

    21 April 2012 RFI

    Trevor Pinch of Cornell University and Mark Lane of RFI discuss the themes and implications of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's book Delete on the station's "Webwatch" feature. They agree they're glad some aspects of their own lives went unrecorded.

  • Oxford launches free interactive course book

    26 March 2012 BBC News Education and Family

    The ability of the OII interactive iBook to reach a global audience challenges how academic knowledge should be shared says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. It could mean universities having a bigger reach with learners outside the university than in it.

  • 'Black-hole' resorts: Turn up, tune out, log off

    15 February 2012 The Independent

    "Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, is a big fan of black-hole resorts which he sees as increasingly important in escaping the "useless simplistic drivel" of much modern technological life."

  • The Technologically Enhanced Memory: How will life change if we can't forget anything?

    13 February 2012 Slate

    "Is the quest for profound memory enhancement an unalloyed blessing or Faustian bargain? Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, author of Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age, leans toward the latter (...)".

  • Facebook's bid to fund its 'Social Mission'

    3 February 2012 Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty

    Facebook is embarking on a social mission according to Mark Zuckerberg, bringing its users closer together and making the world more open and connected. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments on possible futures for the company as its stock goes on sale.

  • On Free Speech: Deletion and Denialism

    1 February 2012 Free Speech Debate

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger contributes to Free Speech Debate's monthly podcast talking about the virtues of forgetting. The Debate centres on ten draft principles for global free expression and is translated into 13 languages.

  • The Ethics of Fake Twitter Accounts

    1 February 2012 The Atlantic Wire

    The Atlantic magazine muses on the ethics of twitter impersonation in the light of online high-profile celebrity impersonation. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments that we're in a Foucauldian post-modern world where we can't tell truth from fakery.

  • Private data, public rules

    27 January 2012 The Economist

    The EU is proposing sweeping privacy regulation to standardise regulations across the Union including a right to remove online personal data. Attitudes in the USA and Europe differ, one reason being history. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is quoted.

  • Relearning to forget

    27 January 2012 The Economist Babbage blog

    In the light of the proposed major reforms of EU data-protection the Economist's Babbage technology blog looks at the plans to give Europeans the 'right to be forgotten', quoting Viktor Mayer-Schönberger.

  • New EU data protection rules talk tough

    25 January 2012 Deutsche Welle

    The EU is planning tougher data protection rules including the "right to forget". Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, who argued for similar measures in his book "Delete" says he's not surprised by the discussions surrounding the proposal.

  • This column will change your life: the art of forgetting

    22 January 2012 Observer Magazine

    Oliver Burkman asks if 'with all the focus on improving memory, are we in danger of forgetting the art of forgetting'. He quotes Viktor Mayer-Schönberger who argues that society is getting worse at forgetting thanks to the web.

  • Disruptions: Resolved in 2012: To Enjoy the View Without Help From an iPhone

    1 January 2012 New York Times

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is quoted by Nick Bilton (New York Times "Bits" Blog) in support of his view that there are good reasons to sometimes just enjoy a moment without the need to use technology to capture, record and share it.

  • Rights and wronged: An American anti-piracy bill tries to stem the global theft of intellectual property

    26 November 2011 The Economist

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The latest of many recent attempts to defend property rights on the Internet, it aims to cut off Americans' access to foreign pirate websites by squeezing intermediaries.

  • Identity and the internet: From pixels to persona

    21 November 2011 Financial Times

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger talks to the Financial Times about anonymity and the enforcement of 'real names' policies: "It's built on the false analogy that in the real world you only have one identity."

  • The Power to Erase the Past

    11 November 2011 The Irish Times

    "I am more convinced than ever that forgetting is a needed solution" says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, as governments and companies take up the issues of digital remembering raised in his award winning book, Delete.

  • Augenmaß im Umgang mit Hackern

    13 October 2011 Der Standard

    Interviewed with Anke Domscheidt, a German open-data evangelist, Professor Mayer-Schönberger said that whilst we must accept that hackers break laws, we must retain a sense of proportion, reacting with calmness rather than over-aggressive vigilance.

  • Quadriga 09 über das Ende des Privaten Buchpräsentation am 6. Oktober 2011 im Palais Epstein

    6 October 2011 Austrian Press Association (APA)

    A summary of four books on privacy in the digital age presented in the Austrian Parliament at the invitation of the Speaker featured Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's book 'Delete'.

  • Who should run the internet?: A plaything of powerful nations

    1 October 2011 The Economist

    The Economist looks at Internet governance in a report on the 2011 Internet Governance Forum, quoting Viktor Mayer-Schönberger who believes a "constitutional moment" is needed to stop Internet governance becoming the "plaything of powerful nations".

  • Sock puppets, twitterjacking and the art of digital fakery

    29 September 2011 The Guardian

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses digital fakery, and our ability to tell the fake from the real: "The digital age is difficult. We're in a Foucauldian postmodern world where we can't tell the truth from fakery".

  • Big Data: Where the geeks go

    23 September 2011 The Economist

    "The Oxford Internet Institute (OII) this week hosted a small, invitation-only roundtable called the Oxford Digital Data Dialogue (OD3). The topic also was the data deluge."

  • Leader: Remember this – but not that

    1 September 2011 Times Higher Education

    The THE leader column discusses the privacy and legal conflicts in preserving information on the web, quoting both Eric Meyer's work on web archiving and the work of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger on the right to delete information.

  • Why we must remember to delete - and forget - in the digital age

    30 June 2011 The Guardian

    "In an age when Google knows more about us than we can remember ourselves, forgetting is not a weakness but a valuable capacity allowing us to leave our pasts behind" says Victor Mayer-Schönberger, in an extensive interview in The Guardian.

  • Digital Legacy: the fate of your online soul

    19 April 2011 New Scientist

    As the first generation to have created a digital record of our lives we are faced with the question of what of it will survive us? Viktor Mayer-Schönberger comments on remembering and forgetting.

  • Swiss court rules against Google

    5 April 2011 Deutsche Welle

    "Time for Google to begin to rethink Street View" says Viktor Mayer-Schönberger. Germany's national online media reports on legal and privacy issues around Google's Street View as a Swiss court rules that Google must blur license plates and faces.

  • German Developers release digital eraser software

    25 January 2011 Deutsche Welle

    New software released in Germany allows Internet users to choose an expiry date for online photos. Viktor Mayer-Schönberger welcomes the innovation but says success will depend on several factors. He asks if X-pire is trying to do too much.

  • Facebook Changes its 'Friend Finder' over German privacy worries

    24 January 2011 Deutsche Welle

    German privacy concerns have led to Facebook giving users more control over the use of their private contacts. It's not clear if this only applies to Germany or if much will be changed by the new policy: Viktor Mayer-Shönberger is sceptical.

  • Digitale Amnesie?

    14 January 2011 WDR 5 Politikum

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • "Ein digitaler Radiergummi ist nur ein Teil der Lösung"

    11 January 2011 Die Zeit

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Interview with Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

    10 January 2011 Deutschlandradio

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Speicherprobleme: Die digitale Demenz droht

    8 January 2011 ORF

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Der Speicherplatz ist viel zu billig

    5 January 2011 Frankfurter Allgemeine

    Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger's book, 'Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age' has now been published in German by Berlin University Press and is reviewed here by Frankfurter Algemeine.

  • Digitale Daten geraten außer Kontrolle

    5 January 2011 3Sat

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Ein Verfallsdatum für Dateien

    5 January 2011 Wirtschaftswoche

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Das Netz wird euch frei machen

    28 December 2010 Neue Zürcher Zeitung

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Tausend kleine Flecken

    1 November 2010 brand eins

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Warum wir dringend das Vergessen ins digitale Zeitalter retten müssen

    1 November 2010 GEO Magazin

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger discusses his book "Delete", which looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Das Netz muss das Vergessen lernen

    5 October 2010 Zeit Online

    Coverage of the German edition (BUP) of Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's book 'Delete', which looks at the phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • 'Delete: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age': New Book by Viktor Mayer-Schönberger

    1 October 2010 Oxford Internet Institute

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger's book "Delete" looks at the surprising phenomenon of perfect remembering in the digital age, and reveals why we must reintroduce our capacity to forget.

  • Net neutrality comes back to haunt Google

    14 July 2010 Financial Times

    In an article on possible investigation into Google's search processes Viktor Mayer-Schoenberger is reported as saying that Google's dominance may be less assured than it seems.

  • Viktor Mayer-Schönberger Appointed Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford

    13 May 2010 Oxford Internet Institute

    Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is appointed Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford.