Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis (Undergraduate)

Department or Program

Department of Computer Science

First Advisor

Xing-Dong Yang


Our identities are becoming increasingly digital.As technology continues to advance and digital content begins to either encapsulate or provide the basis for much of our lives, it must also accommodate one's preference to highlight or conceal specific digital content post-mortem.This paper presents a summary of a two-term long study regarding the creation and implementation of a design prototype that allowed users the ability to aggregate and cultivate one's digital content, empowering users to control the narrative of their own legacies through the very medium that helped to create them - technology.Over the course of two ethnographic studies, I surveyed 20 digital natives - that is, people who have been exposed to technology from earliest youth - to determine feasible UI/UX and additional generational concerns for a self-created digital legacy platform.User feedback was used to generate a proof-of-concept implementation of a digital legacy generating tool called Digital Legacies, as well as provide future design guidelines for the burgeoning digital legacy field.


Originally posted in the Dartmouth College Computer Science Technical Report Series, number TR2020-896.