Gone But Not Logged Off

Deceased people’s data is burgeoning online. Why should we care?

Photo by Mark Duffel on Unsplash

he ancient Natufians had a practice that, on one hand, seems quite odd to us moderns. They buried their dead under their houses but retained the heads, making plaster death masks to hang on the walls.

On the other hand, are we so different? We too keep our dead around, but they stare at us from our phone and computer screens…



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Elaine Kasket

Psychologist, writer, keynote speaker. Author of All the Ghosts in the Machine (2019) and This is Your Life on Tech (upcoming).