Digital Remains Should Be Treated with the Same Care and Respect as Physical Remains

April 18, 2018

(Eurekalert) – Our internet activity, commonly referred to as digital remains, lives on long after we die. In recent years, as firms such as Facebook and experimental start-ups have sought to monetize this content by allowing people to socialise with the dead online, the boundaries around acceptable afterlife activity and grief exploitation, have become increasingly blurry. To date, there has been little effort to build frameworks that ensure ethical usage of digital remains for commercial purposes.

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