Carl Öhman is a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute, supervised by Professor Luciano Floridi. He holds a research grant from technology doctor Marcus Wallenberg’s foundation for education in international industrial enterprise.
Carl’s doctoral dissertation looks at the ethical and political challenges that arise from the growing volume of ‘digital human remains’ – data left by deceased users – on the internet. This includes questions of post-mortem privacy, the right to access and control over the personal data of the deceased, and the relationship between information and time. In addition to this project, Carl is also researching the ethics of Deepfake pornography.
Carl graduated from Oxford 2016 with the award-winning thesis The Political Economy of Death in the Age of Information: A Critical Approach to the Digital Afterlife Industry. Prior to the OII, Carl studied for a B.A. in Sociology and Comparative literature at Uppsala University Sweden.
Research interests: Digital Afterlife, Time, Immortality, Information Ethics, Economic Sociology, Critical Theory, Personal Identity.
- (2019) "Are the dead taking over Facebook? A Big Data approach to the future of death online", Big Data and Society. 6 (1) 205395171984254.
- (2019) "Prayer-Bots and Religious Worship on Twitter: A Call for a Wider Research Agenda", Minds and Machines. 29 (2) 331-338.
- (2018) "An ethical framework for the digital afterlife industry", Nature Human Behaviour. 2 (5) 318-320.
- (2017) "The Political Economy of Death in the Age of Information: A Critical Approach to the Digital Afterlife Industry", Minds and Machines. 27 (4) 639-662.