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Welcome to the third issue of The Digital Beyond's email newsletter. We're a few weeks later than usual, but we've got some good stuff for you today: announcements, news, and some great links from the Web.


Keynote at Library of Congress

Evan Carroll VideoEvan is fresh back from two keynote appearances at the Library of Congress and the annual meeting of the Michigan Archival Association. In his talks, he presented an overview of the emerging digital legacy issue and discussed what individuals, professionals and lawmakers are doing to solve them today. But more importantly, he challenged librarians and archivists to take action by educating the public and designing solutions to tackle these issues.

Watch Evan's Presentation.

New Products & Services

In addition to the 17 online memorial sites that we currently had on our list of digital legacy services, we are now adding ForeverMissed, Solium, People 2 Remember, Stayalive, and Planned Departure. As older generations embrace social networking sites, the adoption of online grieving becomes more likely.

Read more about this blooming industry in our latest blog post.

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NSTIC: National Strategy For Trusted Identities in Cyberspace

John Romano and Dazza GreenwoodHave you heard about NSTIC? It's a new initiative from the White House and the Department of Commerce to create a trusted, national identity framework. Some folks think it means National ID cards or less privacy, but it's not that at all. Our own John Romano sat down with lawyer and NSTIC expert, Dazza Greenwood at Digital Death Day to help dispel some of these myths. They discussed the core parts of the strategy, how it will be implemented, what users can expect and the next steps for the project.

Watch our video of John and Dazza talking about NSTIC.

Event Reports

SXSW Panel Discussion

The Digital Beyond's John Romano and Evan Carroll led the panel, "You're Dead, Your Data Isn't: What Happens Now?" along with Adele McAlear, Dazza Greenwood, and Jesse Davis. To put it simply, it was a raving success. Despite competing with Senator Al Franken who also spoke in our time slot, a crowd of 150 gathered for our lively discussion. But the biggest success, was the line of folks asking great questions and a stream of positive Tweets.

Visit our summary of the event with photos, slides, audio and even sketch notes of the discussion.

Digital Death Day

On May 6th we gathered with about 30 folks at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA for Digital Death Day. The event was dedicated in memory of Derek Miller, the blogger who coined the term "digital executor." Derek passed away on May 3rd. Adele McAlear from conducted an hour-long interview with Derek and has posted the full recording.

At the event we covered topics including "Moving the Needle: How do we create critical mass in this industry?" from our own Evan Carroll and "Memorialization" from our own John Romano and Jed Brubaker from a PhD student at UC Irvine. 

Some of the event notes are available at

And here are some photos from the event.

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