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.
His interests fall at the intersection between economic sociology and ethics. More specifically, Carl’s research looks at the ethical challenges regarding commercial management of ‘digital human remains’, data left by deceased users on the Internet.
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, where he explored autobiographical strategies among social media users, and the political economy of Twitter hashtags.
Research interests: Digital Afterlife, Death, Immortality, Ethics, Economic sociology, Critical theory, Informational privacy, Personal identity, Ontology.
- (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.