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21 MARCH 2014

Bruce Sterling: afterglow effects and digital detritus

"Cypherpunk writer, journalist and critic Bruce Sterling gives a talk on the future of digital culture and its seedy (geo)politics at the opening ceremony of transmediale 2014 afterglow, January 29,2014. Introduction by Kristoffer Gansing."



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Liam Birtles
09 MARCH 2010

Facebook: Memorializing Accounts

"When a user passes away, we memorialize their account to protect their privacy. Memorializing an account removes certain sensitive information (e.g., status updates and contact information) and sets privacy so that only confirmed friends can see the profile or locate it in search. The Wall remains so that friends and family can leave posts in remembrance. Memorializing an account also prevents all login access to it."

(Facebook FAQ)


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Simon Perkins
29 DECEMBER 2004

I Hereby Bequeath My Passwords . . .

"As more of our personal lives go digital, family members, estate attorneys and online service providers are increasingly grappling with what happens to those information bits when their owners die. Sometimes, the question involves email sitting on a distant server; other times, it's about the photos or financial records stored on a password–protected computer. Recently, a Michigan man publicised his struggle to access the Yahoo email account belonging to his son, Marine Lance–corporal Justin M. Ellsworth (2U), who was killed on November 13 in Iraq. Though Yahoo's policies state that accounts 'terminate upon your death', John Ellsworth said his son would have wanted to give him access.'He was wanting to forward his email from strangers,' Mr Ellsworth said. 'They were letters of encouragement. He said all their support kept him motivated. We've talked back and forth about how we were going to print them out and put them in a scrapbook.'To release those messages in such circumstances, Yahoo said, would violate the privacy rights of the deceased and those with whom they had corresponded.'The commitment we've made to every person who signs–ups for a Yahoo! Mail account is to treat their email as a private communication and to treat the content of their messages as confidential,' spokeswoman Mary Osako said in a statement. Other service providers, including America Online, EarthLink and Microsoft, which runs Hotmail have provisions for transferring accounts on proof of death and identity as next of kin. AOL spokesman Nicholas Graham said the company received dozens of such requests a day and had a full–time service representative devoted to meeting requests. Nonetheless, some privacy advocates question whether that's a good approach.'People might decide what they want family members to see or keep secret sometimes for family harmony reasons,' Peter Swire, an Ohio State University law professor, said.'They may know secrets of other family members that they hold in confidence: the sister had an abortion; the father had a first marriage.'Prof Swire said Yahoo's policies were stricter than those for medical records – and rightly so. He said quick access to medical records was needed for emergency care, and such records were unlikely to trample other people's privacy rights, as email could. Rather than maintaining an either/or policy, perhaps service providers could ask users when they signed up whether they would like email disclosed upon death, Jason Catlett, president of the privacy–rights group Junkbusters Corp, said. But Mr Graham said cellphone providers and fitness centres did not make similar requests, and doing so with Internet service 'is simply a turn–off and it's not necessary. We already have a process that works quite well.'For now, such disputes are rare, and most struggles for access involve family members who need to obtain financial records on a computer, Bob Weiss, president of Password Crackers Inc, a Maryland company that recovers lost passwords, said. Less than 2% of his business involved relatives of the deceased. The easiest approach, Internet scholars say, is simply to leave behind a password.'I think this [Yahoo] case will be helpful to people who are thinking about issues not only of inheritance but planning,' Jonathan Ezor, a professor of law and technology at Touro Law Centre in Huntington, New York, said.'When one family member tells another where the important paperwork is, the will, safe deposit box key, etc, the list of passwords is going to be added to that."
(Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press, New York)


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