When I saw Evan Carroll and John Romano’s book “Your Digital Afterlife” I thought this was a book I had intended to write. I had written a couple of posts about Digital Legacy with Facebook and Flickr. There are items about Digital Identity and death in some of our This is Me books and given various presentations on it.
However when I read the book I changed my mind, it has lots of interesting snippets but I’m not at all sure I really think the approach they are promoting to archiving stuff will help in the long run. I am particularly concerned that they have not taken an international perspective as many people have digital content that spans boundaries, and the idea of making a list of accounts and passwords seems to be leaving yourself open to many potential frauds.
However if you haven’t considered what becomes to a person’s digital assets after they die then this book does provide food for thought.