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An Ethical Framework For Digital Afterlife Industries


  • Cristina VOINEA
  • Radu USZKAI


The following article is an exploratory one, aiming at providing a point of departure for building an ethical framework for digital afterlife industries. We begin with a short description of what the digital afterlife industries are. We then move on to a taxonomy of such companies, distinguishing between: (a) digital inheritance management companies; (b) companies that manage messaging services; (c) online memorial services and (d) re-creation services. Our argument is that an ethical framework for digital afterlife industries should take into account two main variables: (i) respect for the departed and (ii) the mediation of the relation between the departed and the living. The paper ends with a critical evaluation of a potential anti-commodification objection to digital afterlife industries. Keywords: digital afterlife, digital rights, digital wills, privacy, digital death.

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  • Cristina VOINEA & Radu USZKAI, 2019. "An Ethical Framework For Digital Afterlife Industries," Proceedings of the INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE, Faculty of Management, Academy of Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania, vol. 13(1), pages 1179-1184, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:rom:mancon:v:13:y:2019:i:1:p:1179-1184

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