Learners’ legacies as digital citizens

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Heather Moorefield-Lang, Assistant Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: I first heard the term digital legacy about a decade ago. I was having lunch with a friend who worked as a freelance writer. She wrote articles for a wide range of publications. During our lunch, the conversation turned to technology, and she asked me if I was familiar with the term digital legacy. I told her that I had not heard of it and, of course, was intrigued. She was writing a piece on the digital life and information left behind following a person's death, also known as digital legacy (Digital Legacy Association 2019). She told me that your Facebook or Twitter (sorry, no Snapchat or Instagram at the time) accounts don't just disappear. These accounts don't know you are gone. The Internet goes on without you. As much as I work in technology this made sense to me, but it simply had not occurred to me. We as digital citizens were building these lives online that lived on long after we were gone.

Additional Information

Knowledge Quest, 49(1), 24-27
Language: English
Date: 2020
digital life, digital legacy, death, school libraries

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