Online Identity

We’ve discussed several times the value of the past, that desire to know more about those who came before you. And we’ve postulated that the digital age presents an opportunity for individuals to be known by future generations through their online postings. Preservation issues aside, this raises the question of identity. Is an online persona an accurate reflection of and individual?

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The Digital Beyond: Problems

What happens to your digital identity after you die? This video explains some of the hurdles between you and the digital afterlife.

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Orlando Sentinel

Etan Horowitz at the Orlando Sentinel has written two articles that mention The Digital Beyond. The first, “What happens to your virtual world after you die?” is about the fate of online accounts after death. He talks about how people have been affected and what they can do to protect themselves. The other is an […]

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Your Online Persona

How does the Internet see you? It’s an odd question, but some folks from the MIT Media Lab are thinking about just that. The project is Personas, a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit. From the project’s Web site: It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one’s aggregated […]

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Digital Execution for the Living

Do lifetime Internet bans on individuals (as part of a sentence for breaking the law) amounts to “digital death”? Check out this interesting article by Andrew Moshirnia at Citizens Media Law Project about how the court is using bans as part of sentencing. We’ve been talking about digital death (and afterlife) in context of the […]

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