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From death to final disposition

From death to final disposition: roles of technology in the post-mortem interval

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI'12
Subtitle of host publicationproceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1015-4
StatePublished - 2012
EventCHI 2012 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Austin, Texas, United States


ConferenceCHI 2012 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Abbreviated titleCHI 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, Texas
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In this paper, we describe collaborative processes and stakeholders involved in the period from when a person dies until they are laid to rest: the funeral, final disposition of the body, and (in some circumstances) victim identification. The rich mixture of technologies currently deployed during this brief period are categorized and critically analyzed. We then reflect on the implications of our findings, both for the design of technology that takes the end of life into account, and for the wider HCI community.





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