Social media is an exciting and creative way to connect, share information, and build communities. And the internet is becoming predominant as the marketplace where the daily transactions of life are conducted.
Still, one of the neglected ensigns of internet citizenship is advanced planning. When people die, there are virtual secrets that follow them to the grave — the last refuge of privacy in a transparent society. Courts and legislatures have only begun to reckon with the disposition of digital assets when no one is left with the knowledge or authority to conclude the business of the cyber-afterlife.
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