From Bones to Bytes: A New Chapter in the History of Death

  • Carl ÖhmanEmail author
Part of the Digital Ethics Lab Yearbook book series (DELY)


The informational remains of dead internet users are increasingly populating the web. To survey the most significant aspects of this phenomenon, the present chapter gives a historical background to the role death in society, and draws on current literature on the topic of digital afterlife. It is argued that the ongoing digital transformation of death takes place both on a microscopic, a macroscopic and a conceptual level.


Digital afterlife Online death History of death Future of death 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oxford Internet Institute, Digital Ethics LabUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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