Welcome to the Passare Expert Series, a forum where we give our panel of experts an opportunity to speak directly to you. Today we’d like to introduce Passare contributor Evan Carroll, an author, speaker and co-founder of The Digital Beyond, a think tank devoted to preserving digital assets.
Passare: Welcome Evan, we are pleased to have you as a Passare contributing partner. Tell us why preserving your digital afterlife is such a popular and relevant topic today?
Evan: I’m happy to be part of the Expert Series. If you asked a person about their assets 20 years ago, they would mention things you could touch. Then the digital revolution happened. We used to store our digital files on our home computers, but now we share so much of our lives on social media, we don’t know where our digital assets are stored anymore or who owns them after we pass.
Passare: Why is making a plan for preserving your digital assets so important?
Evan: If we want our digital content to be accessible to our heirs, we have to make a plan. And as humans we tend to want to control our legacies; it’s a small shred of immortality that we can’t achieve on our own.
If you do nothing, you’re essentially saying, “I’m okay with letting whatever might happen, happen.” But chances are good the things you think are important won’t be preserved and the things you find unimportant or maybe even embarrassing might live on.
Passare: What steps can you take to preserve your digital assets?
Evan: The most important thing is to do something. If you feel having a five-minute conversation with your spouse is enough, then you’ve done more than most Americans.
Read Evans full interview here.