Digital Leftovers

As good, American consumers we (many of us) go through life 'getting and spending', increasing entropy willy-nilly and sending our detritus off to the land fill.

Now another source of leftovers is being recognized: our digital legacy --- what is left behind when we die and who does (or can do) something about it after we die. It is common place to recognized that indiscrete teen-age postings may follow us for years, but what about other materials: should or will they go to the bit bucket in the sky.

For more background, please see "Things to do in cyberspace when you're dead" by Rob Walker in the NY Times magazine for 9 January 2011.

What provisions are you making for yourself and for your organization?
Corollary: Does the ability to forget provide benefits?

Mike Rulison will start this ball rolling; where it goes depends on those who come and participate.

Pizza and beverages (sponsored by Public Information Network, Inc./RTPnet and NTEN) will be served at 6:30 preceding the 7 p.m. program.

We look forward to seeing you there! Please RSVP at so we'll know how much pizza to bring.

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  • Tani

    Excellent and extremely informative session that left with a lot of to do's, but in a good way. Thank you !!!

    July 21, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was the presenter so I am recusing myself from rating as far as I can. The small audience participated vigorously and I enjoyed sharing ideas with them.

    July 21, 2011

  • Judy H.

    The topic is unusual and important -- something we don't give much thought to. Mike covered many, many things to think about and plan in order to help family and friends deal with our online records as well as our physical possessions when we are gone or unable to speak for ourselves. The Mind Mapping software (FreeMind) he used to organize topics is quite interesting and well suited for grouping and layering the many items he mentioned. Thanks, Mike, for an enlightening evening.

    July 20, 2011

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