BBC: Facebook ruling: German court grants parents rights to dead daughter’s account. “Germany’s highest court has ruled that the parents of a dead daughter have the rights to her Facebook account under inheritance law. The Federal Court of Justice (BGH) said online data should be treated the same as private diaries or letters, and pass to heirs. The case involves parents of a 15-year-old girl killed by a train in 2012.”
Ottawa Citizen: Grieving families protest ‘duplicitous’ website that reposts death notices to sell flower deliveries. “An Alberta man who, on the advice of doctors, is trying to keep news of his father’s death from his dementia-stricken mother, is the latest grieving family member to complain about a new website that reposts online obituaries alongside ads for flower deliveries.”
The New York Times: Japanese Blogger Is Killed After Giving Lecture on Online Trolls. “Kenichiro Okamoto was an expert on internet crime and a prolific blogger. He studied the ‘dark web,’ a part of the internet that relies on encryption and is often exploited, experts say, for illicit activities and hate-mongering. On Sunday evening, he held a two-hour seminar for about 30 people in the city of Fukuoka, about 550 miles west of Tokyo, advising other bloggers on engaging their audiences and dealing with internet trolls.”
Daily Maverick: David Goldblatt: Documenting a country’s values in visuals. “As the world hears of the death of renowned photographer David Goldblatt at the age of 87 on 25 June, 2018, his photographs remind us of the life and times of generations living under apartheid – and beyond.” A digital archive is planned for Mr. Goldbatt’s work.
PR Newswire: When it Comes to Accidental Deaths, United States is Approaching Deadliest Stretch of the Year (PRESS RELEASE). “National Safety Council analysis indicates that more preventable, accidental deaths occur during the two months of July and August than during any other two-month period of the year – a trend that includes drowning, pediatric vehicular heatstroke, pedestrian deaths, natural disasters and gun-related fatalities. Since June is National Safety Month, the Council urges people to use the next few weeks to take inventory of their own safety risks. To help, the Council has added deaths by month – and data around some of the issues influencing these deaths – to its Injury Facts interactive online database of preventable injuries and deaths. While the Council has tracked preventable injury and death data for 98 years, this is the first time NSC has made ‘Hot Car Deaths’ its own category – something the Council does when emerging issues become critically important for the public to understand.”
Minneapolis Star-Tribune: Girlfriend cried, pleaded for end to fatal YouTube stunt, video and transcripts show. “A pregnant Monalisa Perez cried and pleaded with her boyfriend several times to put a stop to a YouTube stunt, but the man urged her on, eventually dying after she fired a gun at him as he held an encyclopedia in front of his chest.” … and she got six months in jail.
BBC: Facebook ordered to explain deleted profile. “Facebook has been ordered by a UK high court judge to reveal who told it to delete the profile of a jazz musician and his band, six months after he died. The Times reports that the firm said it had acted on a request but had declined to reveal to the family who had instructed it. Mirza Krupalija’s partner Azra Sabados says she is certain that it was not a family member or friend.”