The Web has changed your life, your death and what you leave behind. Your heirlooms like photos, videos and letters are now stored in digital form and - in many cases - on servers that you don't own like those of Flickr, YouTube and Gmail. What should happen to your "legacy" data? With over 285,000 Facebook users set to die this year, you really should think about it. The Internet generation is coming of age and this issue is only growing. We have to respond with new legal frameworks and standards to support this change. The good news is that entrepreneurs, attorneys, archivists and scholars are already working on solutions. Join us to learn what happens to your digital life after you die and what's being done to give you a say in it.
At DeathAndDigitalLegacy.com, Adele McAlear explores the relationship between death, social media and technology. Researching, speaking and consulting on digital legacy, she seeks to help people understand the personal, social, legal and business implications of all that they leave behind. Adele’s expertise has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CBC Radio, The Canadian Press, and in other international media. Notably, her article on digital legacy was published in Kulturaustausch, the respected German-language journal for international cultural perspectives. Named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Women in Social Media in Canada, Adele McAlear is an early adopter of social media and a technology enthusiast who lives much of her life on the web. Based in Montreal, her marketing blog is at AdeleMcAlear.com.
BIO for Dazza Greenwood, JD
Daniel "Dazza" Greenwood has focused his career on creating legislation and policy to support use of the Internet and enable online identity. He was previously a lecturer and researcher of law and technology at MIT and the MIT Media Lab where he developed identity, privacy, transactional and architectural solutions. Dazza runs the consultancy CIVICS.com, has led several open standards efforts and currently is helping to start up the eCitizen Foundation. Dazza brings his expertise in law, policy and online identity to the panel.
Evan Carroll is an experience designer, researcher and author. A leader in the budding digital death and legacy community, Evan is a blogger and co-founder at The Digital Beyond, a site dedicated to exploring the digital afterlife. He is co-author of the book, Your Digital Afterlife: When Facebook, Flickr and Twitter Are Your Estate, What’s Your Legacy? (New Riders Press, 2010). Evan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science and has completed additional graduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science. He frequently writes and speaks about topics related to experience design and digital legacy. You can find Evan online at TheDigitalBeyond.com and EvanCarroll.net.
John is an interaction designer and ardent cultural observer who researches and writes about the mass adoption of digital tools. His work centers on the change digital technology is having on the way see ourselves and the we interact with each other.
John is one of the earliest scholars of the digital afterlife. He started his research in 2008 and has written and presented extensively on the topic.
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