Edited by Savin-Baden, MaggiEdited by Mason-Robbie, Victoria
The concept of digital immortality is defined as the continuation of an active or passive digital presence after death.Advances in data mining and artificial intelligence are now making an active presence after death possible, and the dead remain part of our lives as they live on... in our digital devices. This book draws together a group of leading experts in the field to present the diverse understandings of digital immortality and examine the impact digital immortality has on recipients and on the wider society. It will explore the impact of digital immortality on preservers of digital media, receivers of digital media, and mediators. For more information, please visit the author's website.Read more
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Editor Bios Maggi Savin-Baden is Professor of Education at the University of Worcester and has researched and evaluated staff and student experience of learning for over 20 years and gained funding in this area (Leverhulme Trust, JISC, Higher Education Academy, MoD). She has a strong publication record of over 50 research publications and 17 books which reflect her research interests on the impact of innovative learning, digital fluency, cyber-influence, pedagogical agents, qualitative research methods, and problem-based learning. In her spare time, she runs, bakes, climbs and attempts triathlons Victoria Mason-Robbie (PhD CPsychol CSci AFBPsS FHEA) is a Chartered Psychologist with a range of research interests within the fields of Health Psychology and Education who has published widely in psychology, medical, and teaching journals. She is an experienced lecturer having worked in the Higher Education sector for over 15 years. Her current research focuses on evaluating web-based avatars, pedagogical agents, and virtual humans. Author Bios Elaine Kasket is a writer, speaker and counselling psychologist, a long-time scholar of death and the digital. She is the author of All the Ghosts in the Machine: Illusions of Immortality in the Digital Age and serves as Bereavement Lead for the Digital Legacy Association. Morna O'Connor is a final-year doctoral candidate at the Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Palliative, Supportive and End-of-Life Care (NCARE) at the University of Nottingham. Morna is interested in the role played by potentially vast and varied posthumous digital material in the negotiation of durable biographies and memories of the dead. Carla Sofka is Professor of Social Work at Siena College. She began writing about the impact of the Internet and technology on death education and grief counselling in the mid-1990's, coining the term thanatechnology in 1996. Her recent research has investigated the role of digital and social media in dealing with life-threatening and terminal illness, death, and grief. In addition to co-editing and authoring several chapters in Dying, Death, and Grief in an Online Universe (2012), she has recently published and presented on issues related to digital immortality and digital legacy. Debra Bassett is a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick. Her qualitative research into human-computer interaction looks at how the Internet enables the creation of posthumous digital memories and messages with blogs; vlogs; avatar creation and social network sites and how this digital endurance may affect how people grieve. Edina Harbinja's principal areas of research and teaching are related to the legal issues surrounding the Internet and emerging technologies. Edina is a pioneer and a globally recognised expert in post-mortem privacy, i.e. privacy of the deceased individuals. Her research has a policy and multidisciplinary focus and aims to explore different options of regulation of online behaviours and phenomena, including privacy and data protection, IP, contract law, property and succession. Tal Morse teaches at Hadassah Academic College in Jerusalem. His research focuses on media and death, especially mediated death rituals. His book, The Mourning News: Reporting violent death in a global age was published by Peter Lang (New York) in 2017. Michael Birnhack is Professor and Associate Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on information law, especially privacy and intellectual property. His 2010 book, Private Space (Hebrew), won the Political Scientists Association Annual Prize. Gary Rycroft studied Law at the University of Manchester 1991-94, obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the College of Law at Chester in 1995 and qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales in 1998. He is the Senior Partner of Joseph A. Jones & Co, a Law Firm based in Lancaster. Gary is a former Chair of The Law Society Private Client Section Advisory Committee, which supports solicitors who specialise in Wills, Trusts & Probate. He was a Trustee of the National Council of Palliative care until the charity merged with Hospice UK in 2017 and continues to Chair the Dying Matters Forum for Hospice UK. Gary is often asked to write and comment on the law in newspapers, magazines, radio and television and is the resident Legal Expert on the BBC1 Consumer Affairs Programme Rip Off Britain. David Burden has been involved in AI, VR and immersive environments since the 1990s. David set up Daden Limited in 2004 to help organisations explore and exploit the social and commercial potential of using chatbots, AI and virtual environments and has authored over a dozen papers on virtual worlds and AI. John Reader is an Associate Research Fellow with the William Temple Foundation and Honorary Senior Lecturer with the Institute of Education at the University of Worcester. Recent publications include 'A Philosophy of Christian Materialism' cowritten with Baker and James (Routledge 2015) and 'Theology and New Materialism'(Palgrave Macmillan 2017). He has also cowritten 'Technology transforming Theology' with Maggi Savin-Baden for the William Temple Ethical Dialogue series. Petar Jandric (PhD) is Professor and Director of BSc (Informatics) programme at the Zagreb University of Applied Sciences, Croatia. His previous academic affiliations include Croatian Academic and Research Network, National e-Science Centre at the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow School of Art, and Cass School of Education at the University of East London. He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Postdigital Science and Education (Springer): https://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/journal/42438. Personal website: http://petarjandric.com/.
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