I’m following Digital Death Day today. Remotely

Digital Death Day: RIP, bits What happens to your bits after you die? That’s the premise behind the Digital Death Day unconference, currently in progress. (On twitter, check out the #ddd2010 hashtag). I’ll be posting provacative tweets and topics here on an ongoing basis.

Why does Family Oral History deal with digital death? The recordings of conversations that are saved in digital formats is the deliberate creation of digital bits that are meant to last longer than the speakers whose voices are recorded therein. It’s an edge-case of the central phenomenon explored at the conference. What happens to your bits once you die?

Here, in no particular order, are tweets from those in attendance, as a kind of thought-piece about the digital lives we have. Plus, for me, having experienced three deaths of people close to me in less than a year (and many more remote as friends’ parents shake off this mortal coil), it’s highly relevant.

  • digitaldeathday Secret online lives are often revealed by a loved one’s death. #ddd2010
  • digital_beyond Families don’t always understand how digital networks relate to their loved ones. #ddd2010
  • digital_beyond What happens when you have a digital life that conflicts with your physical one? Perhaps you don’t want family to know. #ddd2010
  • digitaldeathday From @restinpixels sessions “Relative Strangers” explores networks in crisis. Death creates crisis in the networks someone moves in #ddd2010 [Yep. I can personally testify about this, as we who know my friend Cynthia react to her death.]
  • ryanthogmartin: Is it possible for your digital content to live forever? #ddd2010
  • magzkam : Currently in session on Legal Context: Terms of Use, Service Providers and Digital Death. #ddd2010;
    mazgam: Digital death beneficiaries & trustees? Having a designation as to who gets your data access/control when you die? #ddd2010;
    mazgam: Digital death beneficiaries—would need to be in the terms of service/use … #ddd2010
  • digital_beyond @jtoeman talking about how access to user/pass is key. Slightly different than legal trust model. #ddd2010
  • ryanthogmartin: Social media is effecting digital death in a monster way. Crazy and exciting smile #ddd2010
  • magzkam: What are happens to CC licenses when the creator/licensor dies? What if the heirs of the work want to change the license? #ddd2010
  • ryanthogmartin : Will our grandchildren be burdened by all of the data and information we leave behind? #ddd2010
  • ryanthogmartin : Funeral Directors have a huge opportunity to pursue helping consumers understand digital death #ddd2010
  • ryanthogmartin : Is there joint ownership between husband and wife over digital assets? #ddd2010
  • nathandosch : Great sessions at #ddd2010. Developing the roles of funeral directors, CPA, attorneys, and service providers in regards to digital assets.
  • direwolff: for users’ sake, we need digital assets to be defined as “property” in order for the legal precedents to come into force #ddd2010
  • direwolff : sites that keep user info will need to begin considering adding a death policy dictating what happens to one’s info after death #ddd2010
  • magzkam : Legal-liability personas: having an identity that can access/use services without having it link back to you. #ddd2010
  • AdeleMcAlear: @digitaldeathday Please forward this to the group: In Japan QR Codes on graves http://bit.ly/9lHYXP #ddd2010 [Link goes to this article: QR code graves give a “Memorial Window”]

I’ll be updating this list of tweets; it’s a good baseline set of statements that get at the question, “What Are The Issues of Digital Death?”

Updates done. Found this comedy bit from SXSWi (South by Southwest Interactive). Enjoy.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on May 20, 2010 in • DigitalityLongevityPersonal History
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Hi Susan,
Came across your blog from Dr. Bill’s Follow Friday post today. I’ve really enjoyed reading your posts on interviewing family members. I have a grandmother and grandfather that I have been interviewing lately through video, phone, letters, and emails and I have already learned a lot about how to format my questions, what kind of questions to ask, and how to preserve the answers. I would like to take the time this summer to present their “answers” in some kinds of mixed media exhibits for me and them and other family members to enjoy.

Ginger Smith  on 05/21  at  09:14 AM

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