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Hello there. I am a PhD candidate in the department of Informatics at UC Irvine
where I research digital identity, social media, and human centered computing.

Over the past six years I have studied our "digital afterlives" to improve the management
of accounts and data after we die and to better support those we leave behind.

Projects : //


Stewarding Online Identities for the Deceased

We are exploring issues around inheritance and post-mortem data management of Facebook accounts. We are finding that people focus less on ownership of data, and instead on the duties and potential conflicts associated with maintaining accounts post-mortem. “Stewardship” is an alternative to inheritance when designing for post-mortem data management practices.
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Death and the Social Network: The Persistence of Digital Identity

What happens to your digital identity after you die? There is a growing presence of profiles on social networking sites representing individuals who are no longer alive. Post-mortem, friends use social network sites to say last goodbyes, share memories, and coordinate funereal arrangements.
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News : //

Facebook introduces “Legacy Contacts” to support stewardship of post-mortem profiles.

February 12, 2015

Both of my CSCW 2015 papers receive Honorable Mention by the “Best of CSCW” committee.

January 14, 2015

Panel accepted to CSCW 2015: Facebooking In “Face:” Complex Identities Meet Simple Databases, with Handel, Bivens, Haimson, Lingel, and Yarosh.

December 16, 2014

Two papers accepted to CSCW’15: ‘Is to Was’, a study of posthumous Wikipedia biographies (w/ Brian Keegan) and a study of gender transition on Facebook (w/ Oliver Haimson)

October 9, 2014

Named the Robert Kling Memorial Endowed Fellow for 2014

September 1, 2014

Recipient of the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing graduate award for 2014-2015

June 9, 2014

Visting Cornel Tech in NYC to share my research on stewardship of post-mortem identities

April 24, 2014
  • Travel : //

    Onsite at Facebook in Menlo Park, CA

    November 9-13, 2014

    Speaking at Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics at NYU

    November 14, 2014

    Compassion Research @ Facebook Retreat

    December 8, 2014

    Indianapolis, IN

    January 29-30, 2015

    Baltimore, MD

    February 9-10, 2015

    Compassion Research Day, Menlo Park, CA

    February 25, 2015

    Cambridge, UK

    March 1-3, 2015

    Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW) 2015

    March 14-18, 2015

    iConference 2015

    March 24-27, 2015