When to Unpublish: Should the Internet Be Forever?

  • Wednesday, Jun 23 – 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM ET (18:30 – 19:15 UTC)
  • #ONA21
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This timely prerecorded case study goes under the hood of The Boston Globe’s “Fresh Start” program, which allows story subjects to request their name be anonymized and articles be de-indexed from search engines.

Like the GDPR-enshrined “right to erasure” and related privacy initiatives, “Fresh Start” allows people to leave behind singular, life-defining events, while also building community trust and opening a dialogue about reporting conventions and historical harm.

This session is designed for:

  • News organizations thinking considering implementing a “right to be forgotten”
  • Journalists working in community-facing roles and on news trust issues
  • Everyone interested in learning more about digital privacy rights and the persistence of internet memory


Jason Tuohey
Managing editor, digital, The Boston Globe

Gregory Lee
Senior Assistant Managing Editor, The Boston Globe