Using one of these websites?
If you are a user of one of these websites or similar ones, or if you used to be a user and don't use them anymore, I'd love to hear from your experience! Click here to contact me.
Participate in my research
My project explores digital legacies and afterlives. I'm looking at websites that allow users to prepare and manage their digital and online assets and/or create messages to be sent posthumously. Some examples include: Deadmansswitch, SafeBeyond, DeadSocial, AfterWords, IfIdie.org, LifeNaut, ETER9, MyGoodbyeMessage, Capsoole to and others.
If you use such a website and are over 20 years of age, I would love to hear your thoughts and insights. To participate you can follow this link for a short questionnaire. Interviews take 30-45 minutes and can be conducted via Skype or phone, or face-to-face if you're anywhere near London.
My research is completely independent and self funded. Any information given will be kept confidential, anonymous and will only be used by me for my own research purposes. If at any point you wish to withdraw from participating in my research, you may do so, no questions asked. Your data will be deleted and will not be used as part of my research (except from reports that have already been published).
For any additional information please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for your time,
* Only participants aged 20 or over are eligible to participate. This is due to my ethical commitment to protect potential participants, and with accordance with LSE's Research Ethics Committee.
Information for participants: Preparing for the interview
For those of you who have already contacted me to schedule an interview, here is some further information about what the interview will involve. If you have further questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Read more...
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About my project
This site is part of my PhD research project at LSE. My research looks at websites that enable users to plan and prepare their online presence after their death. I am interested in interviewing users of such websites and hearing about their thoughts and experiences. My project also includes interviews with designers and analysis of the platforms themselves.
Hello and thank you for your interest in my PhD project. My name is Paula Kiel. I am a PhD candidate at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the Department of Media and Communications. Click here to view my personal page on the university website.
I am interested in digital media and in the life cycles of communication technologies. I look at how digital technologies take particular forms, and how they are used at different stages of our lives. In my current project, I am particularly interested in the question of digital legacies, and how people manage their digital life after death.
I currently live in London.