Planning your digital afterlife: a Future Tense event.

Planning Your Digital Afterlife: A Future Tense Event

Planning Your Digital Afterlife: A Future Tense Event

Future Tense
The Citizen's Guide to the Future
Nov. 20 2017 4:23 PM

Planning Your Digital Afterlife: A Future Tense Event

Is this photo illustration the future? Nah.

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We live online both in life and in death. Even after our lives come to an end, our digital footprint remains in the form of pictures, friendships, videos, emails, tweets, and likes. While personal correspondence and cat videos make up much of our digital remains, we also have to think about confidential financial information, valuable e-book libraries, subscriptions, and files upon files of important documents in the cloud—all of which would traditionally have been passed on to surviving family members

Now there is an emerging industry offering people the opportunity to extend their digital agency beyond biological death. Some of these services are as simple as making sure key documents and passwords are available for executors and the bereaved, while others send out posthumous messages at a time of the deceased’s choosing.


Join Future Tense on Dec. 6 in Washington for a happy hour conversation to explore these new ways of living and dying online and to learn practical advice on how to set your own digital affairs in order. Registration and happy hour will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the conversation at 6:30 p.m.

For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website.


Naomi R. Cahn
Harold H. Greene professor of law, the George Washington University Law School
Reporter, Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Alexander Halavais
Associate professor of social technologies, Arizona State University

Adam Ostrow
Chief digital officer, TEGNA

Katherine Mangu-Ward
Editor in chief, Reason
Future Tense fellow, New America

Future Tense is a partnership of SlateNew America, and Arizona State University.