Digital legacy — a solution

by Julian Dorn

Hey friends,
in this article I will show you a concept I’ve created with two friends. The concept targets digital legacy. Atopic that will become extremely important in the future. If you want to know more about digital legacy check out my other article:

If you agree that taking care about one’s digital legacy is important, we would appreciate it, if you’d help us by sharing this project.

We believe that everyone should be able to decide what happens with his personal files after they die. That’s why we created the concept ‘give’.

What is “give”?

give helps to manage and regulate your digital legacy precautionary. In an easy way, one can determine heirs. And files can be prepared to disappear with you. Digital legacy contains every kind of data you have, no matter if it’s local on your device or part of an online service you are using.

Find out more at the give website:

Why is it important?

While all the things you can touch, will be passed on to someone by law or by will. It is a big unsolved question what will happen to all your digital belongings like music, photos, movies, documents, accounts and web spaces. Some of these things may just be fine remaining for remembrance. Others like contracts and bills, which nowadays often only exist in a digital form, should be taken care of.

How will we regulate our digital legacy in the future?

The devisor needs to install the software and order one of our a special storage device for each heir. When the device is plugged into the computer, a new heir can be created in the software, who then is related to this device only. Now the storage device can be deposited at a safe place, like at the notary. While deposited, there is no data on the device. The software allows the devisor to add data, to all of his heirs or mark secret data, which will disappear with him. There is also an option to comment on the content.

Here you can see how our project works

In case the devisor dies, the devices will be given to the chosen heirs. Each heir has to plug his device into the computer of the devisor once. When a prepared device is plugged in, the software will delete all data marked as ‘secret files’. At the same time, all data related to the heir is copied onto the device. Together with the software for the heir.
Thanks to the software, the heir can now view the digital heritage with comments and wishes of the devisor.

Some details about the software

Software for the devisor

Add data you want to pass on to one or more heirs. You are also able to add comments and wishes for every single file or account. You have full control about who will get your data and which data will stay your secret forever. Different views allow you to always maintain your overview.

Software for the heir

Browse through your heritage, see comments, wishes and additional information. You can also check which tasks you have finished and which still need to be done. You can export any files onto any device you want. An intelligent search allows you to always find what you need.

More about the hardware

Our hardware is not just a hard drive, but also a key and a very personal object. It is built to transfer data, but only in one direction: the digital heritage will be copied onto the device, but one cannot delete any data. A device can only be related to one heir, which makes it a very personal object. Therefore, we decided to let the customer generate a unique 3D polygon shape based on the letters of the names as parameters to individualize it.

Where can I get give?

This project is our Bachelor thesis at the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd. At the moment it’s still a concept. We think the topic of digital legacy is extremely important and with our project we want to show you a possible solution. We would love to get your feedback and thoughts on this. Just send us an email or tell us in a tweet what you think.

Find out more at the give website:

Team Members of this project: 
Leon Schlechtriem, Moritz Dobernecker, Julian Dorn

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