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Blockchains and the Right to Be Forgotten

In the internet of 2017, when something goes terribly wrong, the service provider hosting the content or code can usually turn it off. But the rise of blockchains means that won’t be the case for much longer.

One of the most interesting things about blockchains and the global computer superstructure being constructed on top of them is that blockchains can’t forget—unlike the internet services of today. And code running on top of blockchains is nearly impossible to turn off.

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That said, this next internet revolution is going to be—in time—as disruptive, if not more so, than the first internet revolution. Technology is going to force laws and social mores to change. And, like many periods of radical growth and change, it is going to be a painful and disruptive transition.

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Philosophically, the right to be forgotten is corrupt because it basically assaults a person or a company’s right to remember things.