About the conference
The Digital Legacy Conference explores society’s changing attitudes and behaviours in relation to death, end of life, mourning and the internet. We do this by inviting professions to share relevant areas of expertise for review and discussion.
Each year we work with a education different partner. These have included UCL Partners, St Jospeh’s Hospice, the Camden Collective, Siena College and the European Association of Palliative Care (EAPC). If you would like to discuss partnering with the Digital Legacy Conference in 2020 please do get in touch.
About the organisers
The Digital Legacy Conference is organised by the Digital Legacy Association. The Digital Legacy Association is the professional body dedicated to raising the quality of end of life care in all areas relating to digital asset and digital legacy. Our mission is to help ensure that everyone’s end of life wishes are met both in the real world and the digital realm. We do this by supporting the general public and by developing standards, frameworks and toolkits with charities and organisations that address end of life.
The Digital Legacy Association advise governments, different governmental bodies, national institutions and blue chip organisations about this important field. To visit the Digital Legacy Association website click here.
Why this is important
Society is spending more time online than ever before. Our conversations, photos, videos and assets that we purchase are increasingly moving away from from the physical form to different digital forms. These ‘Digital assets‘ can have a monitory and/or a sentimental value. Online organisations where these digital assets reside have been slow to support their clients and users. In some circumstances organisations are exploiting society’s lack of knowledge for their own financial gain. In other circumstances sentimental photos an videos of the deceased are lost forever due to lack of knowledge and pre-planning. It is important that professionals understand these changes and are able to provide suitable support for patients and their families.
Our annual Digital Death Survey highlights that the importance society places importance their digital assets and their digital legacy. Place your curser over the chart shown to view the dataset.
If someone you care about dies how important is it for you to be able to view their social media profile?
Why you should attend
The internet has changed the role of the patient and that of the healthcare professional. For most these changes have occurred rapidly during the course of their working lives and adequate conversations, training and safeguarding not been developed or implemented. The Digital Legacy Conference will not solve these issues in your current place of work or practice. We do however hope that you will become the catalyst for this change after attending. We will also support you if asked in the weeks and months following this year’s conference.
Would you read digital asset and digital legacy planning material if it was made available?
“While writing a Will is an essential way to plan for the future, in today’s technological era it’s just as vital to take care of our digital footprint or legacy. This was brought home to me when I went to a Digital Legacy Conference”.
– Sue Eskins, Clinical Lead Community Services at Dorothy House Hospice Care. (Link to the full article)