Brubaker Chosen as Finalist for Facebook Fellowship!

February 10th, 2014 by STAR | No Comments

Brubaker Chosen as Finalist for Facebook Fellowship!

Congratulations to Jed Brubaker, who was chosen as a finalist for the highly-competitive 2014-2015 Facebook Graduate Fellowship Award! Brubaker was among the top 35 applicants worldwide.


STAR Team Accepted for Social Media Expo!

December 21st, 2013 by STAR | No Comments

STAR Team Accepted for Social Media Expo!

Congratulations to Oliver Haimson and Kate Ringland, whose team project was accepted for inclusion in the 2014 Social Media Expo, sponsored by Microsoft FUSE Labs. The Social Media Expo is part of the iConference in Berlin, Germany, and Oliver and Kate’s team will receive a travel award to attend the conference. The project is titled […]


Brubaker Quoted in Reader’s Digest!

November 7th, 2013 by STAR | No Comments

Brubaker Quoted in Reader's Digest!

Jed is quoted in a new Reader’s Digest article, “Coping with Death on Facebook“. “With a funeral, there is a specific time and place for people to mourn,” says Jed Brubaker, a University of California, Irvine, social media scholar. “On Facebook, anyone at any time can engage in this process.”


Managing Online Identities for the Deceased

October 29th, 2013 by STAR | No Comments

Managing Online Identities for the Deceased

The death of a loved one can be a challenging time for survivors who are left to manage the deceased’s affairs. In many cases, our increasing amount of online data is exacerbating this issue. Our social media lives create vast quantities of personal data that remain after we die. However, these data are not like other assets that we include in wills or testaments. They are connected to a large number of friends who survive us, all with diverse needs.


Brubaker’s Work Featured by UC Irvine News!

October 26th, 2013 by Oliver Haimson | No Comments

Brubaker's Work Featured by UC Irvine News!

Jed is featured in a Halloween-themed article by UC Irvine News, titled “The spooky side of science“. “The mass adoption of social network sites includes, as a natural consequence, the growing presence of profiles representing individuals who are no longer alive,” he explains on his website. “However, the death of a user does not result […]


Brubaker’s Work Highlighted by Center for Digital Ethics & Policy!

October 4th, 2013 by STAR | No Comments

Brubaker's Work Highlighted by Center for Digital Ethics & Policy!

Jed was interviewed by Center for Digital Ethics & Policy in an article called “RIP Trolling“. “For many individuals it’s about connecting with other people who are experiencing loss,” explains Jed Brubaker, a digital identity researcher who focuses on death, social media and post-mortem identity. Facebook, of course, is also a popular destination for commiseration. […]


Death and the Social Network

July 2nd, 2010 by STAR | No Comments

Death and the Social Network

The death of a user does not result in the elimination of his or her account nor the profile’s place inside a network of digital peers. Friends use profiles postmortem to say last goodbyes, share memories, and coordinate funereal arrangements. These practices highlight three important themes for social networks and the representation of identity for their users: embodiment, representation, and temporality.


Paper accepted to the CHI workshop on HCI at the End of Life

January 29th, 2010 by STAR | No Comments

Paper accepted to the CHI workshop on HCI at the End of Life

Congratulations to Jed Brubaker and Janet Vertesi on the acceptance of their paper on death and social networking sites to the CHI 2010 workshop HCI at the End of Life. Death and the Social Network Jed R. Brubaker & Janet Vertesi We analyze profiles and associated comments on social network sites following the death of […]