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THE AFTERLIVES OF MEMORIAL MATERIALS: DATA, HOAX, BOT

Bjorn Nansen, Larissa Hjorth, Stacey Pitsillides, Hannah Gould

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Abstract

The study of death online has often intersected with questions of trust, though such questions have evolved over time to not only include relations of trust between individuals and within online communities, but also issues of trust emerging through entanglements and interactions with the afterlives of memorial materials. Papers in this panel attend to the growing significance of the afterlives of digital data, the circulation of fake deaths, the care attached to memorial bots, and the intersection of robots and funerals. Over the last twenty years the study of death online developed into a diverse field of enquiry. Early literature addressed the emergence of webpages created as online memo..

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