The NYT Sunday Magazine cover story is entitled "Things to do in Cyberspace when Your're Dead" It describes what's happening to individuals' blogs, comments, tweets, facebook entries, etc, after they die. Recent developments include several "digigal estate management" services including Legacy Locker, Death-Switch.com, and Microsoft's "digital heirloom" prototype which will "collect, say tweets or Fickr pictures in new physical devices that would automatically organize them (chronologically or thematically)for heirs or others. A site called Life.naut.com has a product called a MindFile, "a database of personal reflections captured in video, image, audio and documents about yourself that can be saved, searched, downloaded and shared with friends."
When I first heard about this concept, Ralph, I became a little nervous. I thought big brother would love to have back door access to all the digital data us folks think will be private until after we're gone.