{Interesting Reads} Digital Zombies – the Reanimation of our Digital Selves

KMDI is made up of a community of interdisciplinary studies.  We engage with the community around us to advance the study and creation of knowledge media.  Every so often we will share a link to an article that has been written in relation to Knowledge Media topics like Big Data, Knowledge Translation, Healthcare or Education systems.


What happens to our social media profiles when we die? The episode “Be Right Back” as part of Netflix’s series “Black Mirror” 1 provides a possible scenario. A digital avatar is created to communicate with close relatives which learns from past social media activities of the deceased user. While the users entrust their social media content to one or more companies, even after their death, it may be reasonable to ask: What will the company really do with a deceased user’s data: sell it to manipulate users or create advertisements? In this paper we tackle the issues of ownership, ethics, and transparency of post mortem user data.

Check out the paper here.