What happens when you die?

By Brian Ohanlon, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 12 years 17 weeks ago.

Had a weird kinda experience this week, reading Friedman's The World is Flat. It is rare in the book, that Friedman admits to the flat world having it's problems, but when he does, he normally adds a suggestion: Can someone please fix this. Friedman had most of his book, posted up in some yahoo account or something. It made sense, secure, always available, as he had to travel around world, and worried about laptops getting misplaced etc, etc. Anyhow, in the course of his research, he heard of an American soldier who had written a diary on a yahoo account or something. Then, when the soldier died, his own parents couldn't access the account. Thomas himself realised, that if he had died, his family too, would have to sue the web company, to get the rights to reclaim his book transcript. It is not just about privacy - there is the other side of the coin too. Namely, the web gobbling up stuff, so nobody can access it.

Review of the book, which readers will find interesting. An economist and author, Jeff Faux puts it into some perspective. I think, the balanced point of view is essential, when trying to answer that question: What is the real value of networks?