Is there (digital) life after death?

June 18, 2009

After the untimely passing of a high-geek friend of mine, before he had achieved the age of 40, I was struck by the lack of preparedness of most people I know with respect to their online lives.

Is this how I’m grieving, by throwing myself into this slightly morbid topic? Probably.

Since we have an upcoming BarCamp in Sydney I decided to lead a session on death and passwords, digital ghosts & things we’d rather not think about (but really should!) Ever since the decision a few weeks ago, I have been blabbing to any who will listen in the hopes of picking up some useful information. Only now am I able to publish this post as a reference point for the topic for my records, the BarCampSydney session and hopefully we can trigger thoughts and ideas on how best to handle things.

There have been some great blog posts (“Ghosts of the cyber dead” and “Will you leave your online life to your loved ones?“) covering differing aspects of this quite large issue. Just today, our local rag prints an article called “Cyber graveyards a growing problem for legal professionals” which is symptomatic of this issue not having been covered deeply. Thanks to @Jodiem for pointing this one out to me. I am happy that articles like this are being written – but we need to spend some time in deep thought working out better solutions than “keeping a log book containing all internet passwords and codes to make an executor’s job easier.”

More of my thoughts will follow – this is my stake in the sand to say that I’m working on this topic now.

Today’s Tweets

June 18, 2009
  • 12:07 Is there an open format for your own Twitter groups yet? I want to move my groups between Seesmic/Tweetdeck/Mixero etc… #
  • 12:19 Thx for the RT @twittor_groups #
  • 12:22 Wow, @smurph found : "Shut up! Announcing your plans makes you less motivated to accomplish them." Guilty As Charged! #
  • 12:23 @pixel8ted my brain. I seriously need to catch up to the last decade of web development tools / methods #
  • 12:51 2 guys arrested smuggling the New Zealand GDP worth of US Bonds from Italy to Switzerland: (via @BusinessDay) #
  • 12:53 @agronaught I’m sure we can think of many good uses for a nice black Macbook "=_ #
  • 13:00 @mozo_au Great day for super – that article implies only half of Aussie’s $1trillion in Super is in industry/managed funds … curious! #
  • 13:02 @damana it certainly is an interesting story! #
  • 13:08 #BarCampBankSydney is on Friday June 26th. contact @charispalmer for more details (Via @neerav) #bcbs #bcs5 #
  • 14:07 @josephgentle there are two events – barcampBANK Sydney is on the Friday, first one for Sydney. I’m planning on both #bcbs & #bcs5 #
  • 14:08 @agronaught MacBook secondhand price – lots of babysitting? #
  • 14:39 @agronaught see MacTalk : Price Check on White 2Ghz 4Gb/250Gb SuperDrive is $600-700 #
  • 14:58 @mpesce If Tweetdeck et al could export/import my groups, THEN I’d be having a nerdgasm. Open format for groups so I can switch apps FTW #
  • 15:09 Free Fruit Tastes Better: The Underground Fruit Economy: (via @IanWoolf) #livelocal #
  • 15:14 @mpesce Oh yes that’s great – but so does (or will) Mixero and so on – if they don’t share it is just another lock-in. Great to have tho,yes #
  • 15:19 @agronaught Yes, see
    for a local map of food trees #
  • 15:28 Add public fruit trees to : #
  • 16:53 @NathanaelB Respec #
  • 17:20 @misswired They’re called Vurps 🙂 #
  • 17:38 @marlenemanto Hidey Ho! Welcome to the twitterverse from Carlingford in Sydney’s North West #
  • 18:51 Thanks for the RTs @ciarando @Farctum @GoldenGoose8 @katska #

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