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Digital Legacy and Interaction

Post-Mortem Issues

Maciel, Cristiano, Pereira, Vinícius Carvalho (Eds.)

2013, XIV, 144 p. 4 illus., 3 illus. in color.

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  • The first book to address post-mortem digital legacy issues in HCI
  • Provides an interdisciplinary approach covering technical, cultural and legal aspects, relevant to designers, users and researchers
  • Explores the repercussions that may come from the development and use of emerging technologies, especially social networks and memorials

The views of leading researchers on the emerging topic of post-mortem digital legacy and posthumous interaction are explored in this book which combines the technical, cultural and legal aspects associated with this new branch of HCI.

The technical aspects of emerging technologies, both for the web and mobile platforms, are analysed and useful information is provided for system development, requirements engineering, and data management and storage. The authors address the cultural aspects of virtual identity, ethical problems, cross-culture differences regarding memories and death, bereavement, taboos and beliefs, and the visual/verbal representations of death. The legal aspects covered include regulation, property, privacy and conflicts between international and local jurisdictions.

The coverage of Digital Legacy and Interaction: Post-Mortem Issues is relevant to the development of systems that consider the influence of death, bereavement and mortality on Human Computer Interaction. The interdisciplinary approach that guides this book is intended to foster enriching and innovative discussions amongst HCI scholars and professionals.

Cristiano Maciel and Vinícius Carvalho Pereira are researchers at LAVI (Laboratory of Interactive Virtual Environments) and professors at UFMT (Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil).

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Digital Assets and Memories - Digital Bereavement - Digital Identity Architecture - Digital Identity and Death - Post-Mortem Social Networking - Posthumous Interaction

Related subjects » General Issues - HCI - Information Systems and Applications

Table of contents 


The Fate of Digital Legacy in Software Engineers’ View: Technical and Cultural Aspects -Cristiano Maciel and Vinicius Carvalho Pereira

Living with the Dead: Emergent Post-Mortem Digital Curation and Creation Practices - Selina Ellis Gray and Paul Coulton

The Persistence of Memory Online: Digital Memorials, Fantasy, and Grief as Entertainment - Angela Riechers

The Internet Generation and the Posthumous Interaction - Cristiano Maciel and Vinicius Carvalho Pereira

Narrating the Digital: The Evolving Memento Mori - Stacey Pitsillides and Janis Jefferies

Tombstone Technology: Deathscapes in Asia, the U.K. and the U.S. - Candi K. Cann

“What Happens to my Facebook Profile when I Die?”: Legal Issues Around Transmission of Digital Assets on Death - Lilian Edwards and Edina Harbinja

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