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Google as a political subject:  The Right to be Forgotten debate 2014-2016
Department of Arts and Cultural Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden. (Knowledge in a Digital World - Trust, Credibility & Relevance on the Web)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6482-731X
2018 (English)In: Online information review (Print), ISSN 1468-4527, E-ISSN 1468-4535, Vol. 42, no 6, p. 768-783Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The aim of the study is to create knowledge on how Google and Google search are discursively constructed as a political subject suitable or not suitable for governing in the debate regarding the Right to be Forgotten ruling (RTBF).

Design/Methodology/Approach – 28 texts are analysed using a Foucauldian discourse analysis focusing on political problematisations in the media and in blogs.

Findings – Google is conceptualised as a commercial company, a neutral facilitator of the world and as a judge of character. The discourse makes visible Google’s power over knowledge production. The individual being searched is constructed as a political object that is either guilty or innocent, invoking morality as a part of the policy. The ruling is framed as giving individuals power over companies, but the power still lies within Google’s technical framework.

Originality/value – The ruling opens up an empirical possibility to critically examine Google. The value of the study is the combination of focus on Google as a political subject and the individual being searched to understand how Google is constructed in the discourse.

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Bradford, 2018. Vol. 42, no 6, p. 768-783
Keywords [en]
Right to be forgotten, google, information policy, discourse analysis
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Information Studies
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Library and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-15604DOI: 10.1108/OIR-06-2017-0198ISI: 000444477500003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-15604DiVA, id: diva2:1275136
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Knowledge in a Digital World. Trust, Credibility and Relevance on the Web, Lund universityAvailable from: 2019-01-04 Created: 2019-01-04 Last updated: 2019-01-04Bibliographically approved

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