Thursday 5th March, 2015
1:55pm to 2:20pm
Regardless of whether you’re on a quest for immortality, physical and digital death are complex affairs and require preparation. What happens to our digital selves when we die?
Director of UX at We Are Friday
Alberta is Director of UX at Friday, where she is responsible for the integrity of experience design thinking and for looking after the very small things that, she says, ‘matter a lot’.
Unafraid of challenging conventions, Alberta puts people at the heart of her design process, and leads cross-disciplinary teams in the delivery of elegant evidence-based solutions that align key business drivers to user needs and positive outcomes.
Alberta has a long track record of leading strategic projects for global brands, including Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, HSBC, The Co-operative Group and Nuffield Health.
This Eternal (Digital) Afterlife
“The first step to eternal life, is you have to die” — Chuck Palahniuk. Regardless of whether you’re on a quest for immortality, physical and digital death are complex affairs and require preparation. What happens to our digital selves when we die? What is a digital will and can we even decide what the fate of our online personae should be? Who should inherit our Google accounts? Should our Facebook pages be memorialized, and who should have access to our online banking credentials? What about those who, like me, wish to completely “go away” when they die and for their online presence to end when our lives do? What are the options? This talk doesn’t provide answers — there aren’t many — but is an invitation to reflect on the concepts of death in the digital age, privacy and a profoundly new idea of “property”. It is also, perhaps more importantly, a call to think about the products and services that we design in a different way, a way that allows people to choose a digital afterlife in line with their preferences.
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