YOURDIGITAL INHERITANCEDR. WENDY MONCUR, FRSASCHOOL OF COMPUTING, UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEEVISITING FELLOW, CENTRE FOR DEATH & SOCIETY, UNIVERSITY OF BATH
LIFE, DEATH &ASSETS BEQUEATHING DIGITAL ASSETS STEPS TO TAKE?
THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS ARETHREESCORE YEARS AND TEN(PSALM 90:10, KING JAMES BIBLE)
ARE ONLINE & OFFLINE DEATH SYNCHRONOUS?http://budgetsmartgirl.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/final-graveyard-sandwich-tray.jpg
YOUR REAL-LIFE ASSETS House Car Money Furniture Photos, videos, letters Jewellery Body
YOUR DIGITAL ASSETS Photos Blog posts Emails Social media accounts Online contacts Video Music Books Memberships Online business Airmiles accounts … and more…
WHERE ARE YOURDIGITAL ASSETS? Laptop. iPod. Smart phone. Kindle. External hard drive. CD or DVD. Cloud backup service. Memory stick. http://blog.redtray.co.uk/2012/07/06/why-training-in-the-cloud-has-become-the-must-have-it-accessory/
BEQUEATHING DIGITALASSETSCan you? Yes, in Oklahoma (House bill 2800)• social networking site• micro blogging• email & short message service websitesBarriers to bequeathal
BARRIERS TO BEQUEATHALAwareness of account’s existenceIdentity –actual, pseudonymous, anonymousPasswordOwnership of digital asset http://community.secondlife.com/t5/Inworld/bg-p/blog_inworld/date/2-5-2012
OTHER INTERNETSERVICE PROVIDERS Facebook: Memorialize or remove the account. Content can be downloaded if you have password. http://www.facebook.com Twitter: remove account or assist family members in saving a backup of deceased‟s public Tweets. Gmail: May give access if formal evidence of death provided http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=14300 eBay: You cannot “transfer your eBay account (including feedback) and user ID to another party without our consent” http://pages.ebay.co.uk/help/policies/user-agreement.html /
DO YOU HAVE SKELETONS IN YOUR CLOSET?http://fallen-angel42.deviantart.com/art/Skeleton-in-your-closet-153072854
WHAT CAN YOU DO?: 1Make a list of ALL your digital assets - ID, Password, WebsiteConsider using a software tool to store passwords securely • - E.g. LastPass, 1Password, Clipperz, RoboForm
Writing down or sharing your passwordmay violate the Terms of Serviceagreement with your Internet Serviceprovider.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?: 2Appoint a Digital ExecutorDIY method • Family member • Friend • Colleague • LawyerDigital estate servicesPosthumous email services
DIGITAL ESTATESERVICESSecure online service • e.g. Legacy Locker, Entrustnet • May demand death certificate as proof of deathStores your digital inventoryMay also store:• last wishes• instructions for funeral• posthumous email• instructions in case if brain death• eg – Legacy Organiser app
POSTHUMOUS EMAILOnline service • e.g http://www.deadmansswitch.net/Death may be assumed if you fail to answer 3 emailsfrom service provider….Emails sent after you die
DO YOU NEED A DIGITALESTATE SERVICE, OR ISIT OVERKILL?SecurityPassword updatesNumber of heirsYour age & healthHow good you are with computersTriggering action
SUMMARYYour digital assets are growing dailyBequeathing them is not simpleYou may wish to: • Make an inventory of your digital assets • Choose: • your digital executor • What assets you want to pass on, to whom. Dr. Wendy Moncur http://www.computing.dundee.ac.uk/staff/wmoncur/
Digital Estate Posthumous DIY Method Services emailsWant stringent 3rd Y Less stringent Nparty verificationDeath cert check Y N NAutomated digital Y 1/2 NexecutorDigital „heirs‟ Complex Complex SimplePasswords change Y N NoftenOpen new accounts Y N NfrequentlyWilling to pay for Maybe Maybe Nservice
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