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TEDxGallatin Art+Science - Aaron Uhrmacher - Digital Death, Online Afterlife

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Aaron Uhrmacher is a graduate student in NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he studies bleeding edge communications platforms at the intersection of technology and design. Prior to ITP, Aaron served as the global social media lead for the public relations firm Text 100, where he helped develop online community building programs for clients including Cisco, Xerox and MTV. Aaron is the recipient of PRWeek's Young PR Professional of the Year Award among other prizes. His team represented NYU at the 2011 Microsoft Firenze BXT competition. Over the course of our lives, we will spend thousands of hours updating our status on social networks like Facebook, sharing observations on Twitter and our locations on Foursquare. But what happens to all of this "content" when we die? What's becoming clear is that future generations will have access to the minutiae of our lives unlike any previous generation. So how do we prepare for our deaths from a digital perspective? Turns out there's an entire industry cropping up devoted to it. This presentation explores some of the ways the government, organizations and companies are asking us to consider our online afterlife and proposes a new methodology as well. TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level.