My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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ghosts in the machine

Ghosts in the Machine is an article about online identities that represent people who have died. In particular, the story follows a Friendster user whose profile represents his state of mind when he passed away.

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5 comments to ghosts in the machine

  • DavidM

    A friend of mine died recently (and suddenly). This person’s Friendster and Orkut profiles are still there; I haven’t had the presence of mind or the heart to report them.

  • Tony

    I understand the feelings-my dad is fighting cancer and it’s normal to want to hold on to their memories. It’s a damning existence of being human-to want to be eternally-remembered. To be forgotten is to be lost. I guess it’s why we have tombstones,a last marker.

  • The Many Faces of Digital Our Identity

    Since the beginning of this blog, I’ve often tackled the issue of Digital Identity. In short, I’ve most often griped about the methods in which various systems and services have not only requested it, but also what they ask for….

  • The Many Faces of Our Digital Identity

    Since the beginning of this blog, I’ve often tackled the issue of Digital Identity. In short, I’ve most often griped about the methods in which various systems and services have not only requested it, but also what they ask for….

  • Al

    A friend of mine on Livejournal died suddenly a year ago last week. His journal is still up and his last entry has hundreds of comments from us from after he died…

    Another friend of mine was murdered 1 1/2 years ago and her blog is still up as well.

    I don’t think LJ has a policy to remove blogs for dead users.