• Hard to bring up the conversation between two generations due to wide information gaps. Most of the young interviewees are reluctant to the idea of leaving digital accounts to their parents. • The elder generations are unwilling to talk about death related issue as death is still considered taboo in Chinese culture. They show little attention about the data protection of deceased people. They think “gone is gone”.• Most of the healthy young people never thought about how to manage their digital legacy, and are unclear about how many digital footprints they left.
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• Create opportunities for mutual understanding
• Use Game as the vehicle to improve communication about how to manage digital legacy in a less stressful way
• As Family members are different types of internet users, they can play different roles during the game.
Four types of players have different inital settings. The hermit has the least initial digital footprints, but costs the most unit price to manage each piece of them (because hermits are unfamiliar with using digital devices). The life recorder has the opposite setting of the most digital footprints and the least unit price.
You may check out this pdf version if you are curious to learn more or actually play the game. You may download and print it. Each round would be less than 30 minutes:)
In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic is drastically changing how people process deaths and more funerals were performed virtually. Like everything else that has been forced to go online during the pandemic, death is no exception. I think it’s a good time to think about death and bring up the conversation about death in the digital age.In many cultures, death is considered as a taboo, and the current law lacks a compassionate process to protect the privacy of deceased. We are already a step forward if we are able to bring this issue on the table. Sometimes I click into the profile page of the deceased, seeing them complaining about the little troubles in their life, as if they are still alive in these tiny moments. They exposed more personal and comprehensive information in the digital world, that might left great comfort to those who are alive, but could also be enormous pain.I believe the most complex point about online property attribution is that everybody’s sadness is unique. Regardless of the different attitude about death across cultures, the universal point is everyone let go of their deceased loves sporadically, in their own ways.