2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Everybody Dies: What Is Your Digital Legacy?

Friday, March 11
5:00PM - 6:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Room 8ABC
531 E 4th St


“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Ben Franklin's quote has survived because he was a famous man in his time. But haven’t you said some clever things in your time? Maybe even Tweeted them? Technology has democratized history--no longer are only the lives of the rich and famous carefully preserved, now most of us have exhaustive records of our lives in our emails, chats, social media posts, and digital photos. States across the country are updating their estate laws to reflect this new reality, but the right answers aren’t obvious. Should your emails be passed along? Should your online presence die with you? How do you want to be remembered?

Hashtags: #sxsw #techlegacy


Alethea Lange at SXSW

Alethea Lange

Policy Analyst

Center for Democracy & Technology

John Troyer at SXSW

John Troyer


The Centre for Death and Society

Dr. John Troyer is the Director of the Centre for Death and Society at the University of Bath. His interdisciplinary research focuses on contemporary memorialisation practices, concepts of spatial ...

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Megan Yip at SXSW

Megan Yip


Law Office of Megan Yip

Megan helps estate planning attorneys, tech companies, individuals and organizations address how to better plan for difficult situations presented by incapacity and death, in a world with an ever-c...

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Vanessa Callison-Burch at SXSW

Vanessa Callison-Burch

Prod Mgr


As Facebook's product manager for memorialization, Vanessa Callison-Burch is responsible for how Facebook cares for the accounts of people who have passed away. She created and launched a landmark ...

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