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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.


Available For Free Download: A Guide For Dealing With The Digital Aspects Following A Death

I wrote a guide about Death In The Digital Era: Initial information about how to deal with the digital, virtual and online aspects of current deaths. It's a booklet you can read, download, save and print at any time and at no cost. 

The guide is aimed both at the grieving family members themselves and at the professionals who support bereaved people: psychologists, social workers, military professionals, volunteers in non-profit associations etc..  

I would appreciate getting your feedback about it: both if it was of assistance to you and if you have encountered - as part of your personal dealings or someone else's - additional topics which this booklet has not yet addressed. I'll be happy to broaden it and make sure it gives a precise and complete a guide as possible following such feedbacks. Please feel free to write to me either via email: or via the Facebook page of the blog. 

The guide can be found here
You can scroll in it using the keyboard arrows or the bar on the side.

The guide was first published in Hebrew on my brother's birthday: August 17th. Today, March 2nd, the date in which he was killed, it is published in English. 

I wish to thank the following people, without whom the English version might not have come into being: 

  • Amir Shemesh, who simply, one day, out of the blue, sent me an email saying: "Hi, I know you wish for your guide to be translated to English, enclosed please find the first draft" (we've never even met). 
  • Mórna O Connor,  a colleague and a friend, who, upon hearing that I was disappointed by someone who took the language check and proof reading upon herself and then disappeared, immediately suggested that she'll take this task upon herself in her stead. 
  • Shiri Yeshua, a graphic designer and a friend, who does all the graphic design for Digital Dust pro-bono since it first went online in 2012, and after designing the Hebrew version of the booklet, volunteered to also design the English version. 
I hope you know how much I appreciate your assistance and how awed and humbled I am by it. I simply could not have done it without you. Thank you for all the time, effort and good will you have put into this. 

I have deliberately focused in this guide on posthumous dealings. Managing our Digital Death issues while we are still alive is a different matter, which I hope to address in another booklet, but for now, this booklet intentionally deals only with after death digital issues. If you wish to know more about how to manage your digital legacy while you're still alive, please visit the following posts in this blog: 

In April 2014 AVG published their own free eBook for Dealing with Digital Death. It's written in an angle which is a bit different from mine, so you might find it of interest to you as well.