The Digital Immortality Institute is 501 (c) 3 tax exempt Arizona nonprofit corporation organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, and educational purposes. These purposes include, but are not limited to, activities that foster and promote understanding of "digital immortality," which is the process through which personal websites and histories on the Internet are preserved.
The Institute's mission is to conduct research and educational activities regarding the ethical and practical challenges inherent in preserving the personal histories contained on an individual's website beyond that individual's death.
Several ethical challenges to this mission currently exist. For example, if an individual's personal website is preserved today, subsequent technological advances will create dilemmas for the future guardians of that website. How will data on the website be updated to reflect technological advances? Should a website guardian be permitted to modify an individual's website to reflect that individual's intent?