Published on 13/10/2023
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Society matters LIVE, Aston University
  • Aston law School expert, Dr Edina Harbinja, will explore the topic as part of the Society matters LIVE series of talks
  • The event is free to attend through a collaboration between Aston University and Café Artum at Hockley Social Club
  • It will take place on Thursday 26 October between 1730 – 1900 hrs (doors at 1700 hrs)

Society matters LIVE is set to return to Hockley Social Club in Birmingham with a live talk around digital reincarnation.

In an era where 98% of UK adults were internet users in 2022, the question of what happens to our digital selves after we pass away is more pertinent than ever. Aston Law School's Dr Edina Harbinja is set to unravel this intriguing topic as part of the Society matters LIVE series of talks.

Dr Harbinja will delve into the critical conceptual, technological, ethical and legal factors surrounding digital remains and digital reincarnation.

The discussion will address the pressing need for legislation that safeguards the posthumous interests of individuals in an increasingly digital, post Covid-19, age.

This live event on Thursday 26 October is free to attend and brought to you through a collaboration between Aston University and Café Artum at Hockley Social Club as part of the Society matters LIVE series.

It will begin at 17:30 hrs, with doors opening to the venue from 17:00 hrs.

Dr Harbinja said:

“As technology continues to infiltrate every aspect of our lives, the pandemic-induced surge in online activity has underscored the significance of our digital legacy.

“From holograms to chatbots emulating the departed, these phenomena are already a reality.

“However, there currently exist no legal frameworks governing digital remains, leaving our digital assets vulnerable.”

For further information and to reserve your spot at Digital remains and digital reincarnation - What happens to our digital self when we die?, please click here.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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