Selina Ellis Gray
Digital Designer & PhD Candidate

Lancaster University, England

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Living with Data and Digital Remains

I am a digital media designer and researcher specialised in social networks and the ‘lives’ of our data online. I am currently working out of HighWire, which is a collaborative and cross disciplinary research hub focused on digital innovation at Lancaster University, UK.

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The increasing prevalence of data-centric technologies and social media use in contemporary society means both are becoming interwoven into the fabric of our everyday lives, including the mundane, day to day and sensitive aspects of life that are traditionally considered difficult or taboo subjects.

One such intersection, relates to the End of Life and has become of recent interest to researchers and design practitioners working across-digital technologies. This is where my research lies. As both a digital media designer and researcher, my 4 year EPSRC funded study has focused on the presence of loss in social networks online. By investigating the use of technologies and the presence of data in the lives of the bereaved, this research thinks through the implications for design.

This study will be available from mid 2015 - in the mean time please visit my blog for early snippets, press coverage and existing publications


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Lancaster University