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Everybody Dies: What is your Digital Legacy?

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” This quote from Ben Franklin has survived because he was a famous man in his time. But haven’t you said some clever things in your time? Maybe even Tweeted them? Technology has democratized history--no longer are only the lives of the rich and famous carefully preserved, now most of us have exhaustive records of our lives in our emails, chats, social media posts, and digital photos. States across the country are updating their estate laws to reflect this new reality, but the right answers aren’t obvious. Should your emails be passed along? Should our content be deleted? How do you want to be remembered?

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  1. What laws are currently on the books and what changes are being proposed?
  2. How is technology disrupting traditional understanding of death and memory?
  3. How can you preserve your digital legacy?



Alethea Lange, Policy Analyst, Center for Democracy & Technology

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