This really interesting book, which I admit I haven’t even properly dug into, has got me thinking about digital legacies and how they will manifest themselves on the SAFE Network:
The beautiful thing about regaining control over your personal data, is that you no longer have to trust hundreds (>!) of third parties with your personal data after death; and how they may treat your wishes and the needs of your family and estate after you’re gone.
You’d have the opportunity to be really specific if you wished.
So rather than surviving friends, enemies, and corporations interpreting vague laws in a multitude of jurisdictions, and getting access to your whole digital life (or none, or anything in between) perhaps you could have a safe deposit box system, with the keys given to a trusted party (say your solicitor, to be included in a will), and anything private data tagged as part of your legacy is accessible via those keys.
Likewise, it’s worth considering what happens to all your private, unshared data, after your death. Is it a responsible thing to allow the network to store and maintain all that data, that will never be accessed again? Is it a good use of resources?
Perhaps there could be a system where (optionally) all private files, could drop off the network, at a specific time, say 100 years after your last login