Should Information Have an Expiration Date?


Mon, Jul 19th, 2010 14:00 by capnasty NEWS

How might we set an expiration date on information? Viktor Mayer-Schönberger tries to answer this by advocating a revival of forgetting. Here is how he thinks of doing that: "One is expiration dates. We would be able to select the expiration date in any form or shape we want, be able to change it after the fact, of course, but once the expiration date has been hit, the file would be deleted by the system. The importance is that by entering or having to enter an expiration whenever we store something, we are reminded -- we are reminded of the importance that information is not timeless, but it is connected to a particular context in time and loses it's value over time. Most information does and so by setting expiration date, we really link time with information, something that biologically we cannot do."



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