חזרה לעמוד הקודם

Digital Memories

May 6, 2019

The internet is a personal database abundant in information. Whether voluntarily and deliberately produced by individuals or generated automatically by the platforms based on users’ activities – this information is stored online or on individuals’ devices and may help shape the memory of a loved one after he died. That raises questions about a person’s digital remains: Who owns it (assuming, not necessarily rightly, that it is property)? Does and how can a person control what will happen to the information after they die? What is the status of mourners regarding this content? And what are the aspects and factors that society and regulators should consider when dealing with digital remains? The paper seeks to present the issue, facilitate an elaborate and informed public discussion, recommend procedures, and serve as a foundation for further research.

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