Upcoming Events

  • If you're in London on May 23rd 2015 there is a Digital Legacy ConferenceFurther details can be found here: http://digitallegacyconference.com/.
  • If you're in Copenhagen on June 9th there is a mini-symposium titled "Ghosts In The Machine - Death and the Digital: Materiality of Data and New Mourning Practices".
    Some details can be found here, I'll be happy to send you a PDF with all the details - drop me a line via email: death.in.digital.era@gmail.com. 


Who Knew Eating Cereal Could Be So Moving?

Ryan Gosling uploaded a short video to his vine account in which he's eating cereal. 

- What's unusual about this is that this video was created in tribute to Ryan McHenry who died of cancer: 

Since 2013 McHenry created many vine videos (which are short videos by definition) which became hugely popular, and in all of them, it seemed as if  Gosling won't eat his cereals: 

I assume McHenry's family were very moved by this gesture and highly appreciative of it, as well as of Gosling's tweet

If you'll pay attention you'll notice it looks like McHenry's family still have access to his vine account, as they shared Gosling's vine from it - and this tribute was made posthumously: 

Can You Help?

Yes, I need assistance, 
And yes, you can help:

All the details can be found in the new page located from now on on the menu on your left, or via this ilnk


An Interview with me at i24 News

In March 2015 I was interviewed for the morning edition of i24 news, about Facebook's Legacy Contact. The interview starts at 43:19

The full list of interviews with me in English can be found here, and in Hebrew here


My Answer to: "Why Are There so many Services to Preserve Virtual "Tombs" of Yourself Online?"

I answered this question elsewhere and thought I'll post my answer here as well: 


My short answer to the query: "Why are there so many services to preserve virtual "tombs" of yourself online?" is: because we can

My longer answer is: In the past, only artists, the rich, the famous and/or the powerful had a chance to commemorate themselves in a way which would hopefully preserve their memory for all eternity, or at least a part of it. 

In the past, only the rich could afford to be buried in a mausoleum, only the powerful could build palaces and monuments, only the famous assumed they were leaving behind a legacy rich enough to be long remembered after their death and only artists knew they were earning an eternal place for themselves through their creations. Pyramids were not built for each and every member of ancient Egyptian society, when you stop to think about it. 

Here is a recent example: an Israeli artist, Ziv Rubinstein, released his latest CD. This is the print screen of his Facebook announcement of it:

In English he only wrote
"Sorry for the delay, It's here", 
But in Hebrew he wrote:
"Yes! Another arrow shot towards eternity! The new CD is being released today". 

Today, we all get a shot towards eternity. We can all horde our digital legacy, without having to be rich, famous or powerful to do so. By preserving our online self we're preserving meaningful, significant parts of our digital persona - and our digital persona is a pretty big part of who we are. 
We're making digital mausoleums, virtual pyramids and online monuments for ourselves in hope to be remembered for who we were (or how we presented ourselves to the world). It's even better than a statue - not to mention being a lot more handy and way cheaper - because our virtual tomb will contain so much more of our essence. 

While platforms could fall out of favor (MySpace) and websites could disappear, most of us entertain the illusion the internet does and will last forever, and hopefully, with bits of us in it.


Pics From Google Campus

Thank you to everyone who showed up for my talks and my launch of the English version of the guide I wrote at Google Campus TLV last week. 

Thank you Meirav Darzi-Meiri for the make up and Eran Adato for the pics. 

See you in my next talks!


Launching The English Version Of The Guide: Tomorrow Eve At Google Campus TLV

The Hebrew version of the guide I wrote: Death In The Digital Era: Initial information about how to deal with the digital, virtual and online aspects of current deaths went online on my brother's birthday: August 17th. 
The English version of it went online on the day he was killed: March 2nd. 
They are both available for free reading, downloading, saving and printing, at any time and at no cost. 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, March 10th, at 19:30, I'm launching the English version of the guide at Google Campus TLV (Electra Tower, 98 Igal Alon Str., Tel Aviv), and you're invited to come mark this occasion with me and hear a talk I'll give.
Entrance is free and you don't need to register in advance (I'm thinking of doing this talk in English but I might decide at the last moment between Hebrew and English, depending on the audience attending).

All the details can be found in the Facebook events, in English or Hebrew

I'll be happy to see you, please feel free to invite other people who might find it of interest.