FCEDA kicks off Social Media Week independent events with May 18 session on “digital afterlife”

Alan Fogg, afogg@fceda.org, 703-790-0600 (office) or 571-213-5065 (mobile)

SMWiFairfax panel to focus on what happens to your personal online information after you are gone
Tuesday, May 9, 2017

What happens to your social media, e-commerce and bank accounts after you are gone? A panel of digital media experts will explore this topic on May 18 with a discussion called “Digital Afterlife: Can Your Data Rest in Peace?”

The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (FCEDA) is presenting the program at WeWork Tysons, 1775 Tysons Boulevard, to kick off its Social Media Week independent (SMWIFairfax) events. The event runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited and registration is required. Click here for more information and to register.

Who will control your digital legacy? Can you truly delete everything? Will you create an artificial intelligence bot? Expect the discussion to include groundbreaking research, chatbox technology and ways to ensure that your digital personality might rest in peace.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Zak Kidd, COO and co-founder of SwingSpace, which is co-sponsoring the event with WeWork. A graduate of Harvard University and Morehouse College, Kidd also founded dupontstudios, which helps organizations create films and develop software, and has been involved in technology and energy private equity investments.

The panel also will include Ahmed Bouzid, CEO of Witlingo and author of “Don’t Make Me Tap,” and Pantea F. Stevenson of Bean, Kinney & Korman PC Attorneys. The Digital Afterlife event page provides additional information about the panelists.

"We are glad to have the opportunity to use our Social Media Week involvement to spotlight something that is a fascinating by-product of the importance of digital platforms today," said Gerald L. Gordon, Ph.D., president and CEO of the FCEDA. "We look forward to hosting more Social Media Week events to get the northern Virginia and Washington-area social and digital media community thinking about issues that are affecting our lives in new ways."

This program is a prelude to the SMWiFairfax event that the FCEDA is presenting September 14 at Capital One headquarters in Tysons Corner. The theme for that event is “Language and the Machine: Algorithms and the Future of Communication.” The FCEDA is seeking sponsors for the September event.

Time magazine called Fairfax County “one of the great economic success stories of our time.” Business growth and innovation helps Fairfax County fund the nation’s top-rated school system and other public services that contribute to the quality of life of residents. Fairfax County offers businesses a state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure, access to global markets through Washington Dulles International Airport, a vibrant investment capital community and a highly skilled, well-educated workforce.

The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, TwitterLinkedIn.

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