Is there is any difference between the public interest and the interest of the public? – Brian Cathcart

8 10 2011

The short answer to the first question is yes, there is a difference. Two distinct meanings of the word “interest” are at issue: in one we give our attention to something because it has the potential to do us good or harm; in the other we are merely curious. The distinction is explicit in the difference between the negatives: “disinterested” and “uninterested”.  Read the rest of this entry »

“A right to be forgotten – or a right to delete?” Part 2 – Paul Bernal

8 10 2011

Part One of this post appeared on 6 October 2011. It is based on his article “A right to delete?’, published in the European Journal of Law and Technology, Volume 2 No. 2, 2011, accessible here.

One of the principle aims of rights in general is to put power into the hands of individuals, power that can and should restrict the actions of those who might oppress, abuse or take advantage of those individuals. Read the rest of this entry »