In January 2012, the European Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights, and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, announced the European Commission’s proposal to create a sweeping new privacy right—the “right to be forgotten.” The right, which has been hotly debated in Europe for the past few years, is part of broad new proposed data protection regulations. Although Reding depicted the new right as a modest expansion of existing data privacy rights, some experts believe it represents a threat to free speech, or rewriting of history, on the Internet. In this lesson, students will learn about the proposed “right to be forgotten,” then discuss its implications for real-life scenarios.
In this lesson, discussion of modern day piracy begins with a cartoon depicting a 17th century pirate ship pulling a large 21st century ship through the sea. Then, the instructor can lead a conversation about piracy – What is piracy? Who are pirates? What motivates them? The lesson introduces students to issues involving international law in the context of globalization.