Digital Commemoration

Project Leader: Martin Gibbs
Staff: Martin Gibbs, Bjorn Nansen
Student: Joji Mori
Collaborators: Tamarah Kohn, Michael Arnold, Elizabeth Hallam (Oxford University)
Sponsors: Australian Communications Consumers Action Network (ACCAN), The Institute for A Broadband Enabled Society (IBES)
Primary Contact: Martin Gibbs (
Keywords: interaction design; Internet
Disciplines: Computing and Information Systems
Domains: Networks and data in society

This project investigates the interrelated commemorative practices, technology platforms, and social formations associated with digital commemoration. The urgency of this project arises as diverse forms of digital commemoration are increasingly used to express grief, solidarity and community, but are also a source of public and often personal disquiet.
Digital commemoration is an emerging and often controversial practice with important implications for social 
institutions, cultural conventions and personal values.
This study makes a timely evidence-based contribution to an understanding of changing commemorative practices, their digital mediation, and the interactions  between them.