The Right to Forget

September 25, 2013

Google is collecting every removal request recieved from government agencies and courts around the world. The increasing number of removal requests is leaving a black hole in the world wide web. On the one hand side, every accomplished removal request decreases the openness of the internet provided by the Google products. On the other hand side, there are serious reasons to remove items from the world wide web.

The challenge was to increase the visibility of transparency reports through data visualization at the EUhackathon “Hack4YourRights”. The developed bubble chart represents the collected removal requests by the Google Transparency Report. The analogy was a black hole to point out the increasing censorship in the world wide web but also to emphasize the need to remove content especially for defamation in the same way.

The underlying data is a multidimensional model that includes the attributes of country, product, reason, and year to describe each removal request. The discovery is made by guided questions on the left upper corner. It is possible to highlight the visualization through selecting the underlined words in the short description above. This is might be a step forward to data journalism because jounalists are using texts, images, and visualizations to tell a compelling story.

See the visualization

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