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Sharing Is Not Always Caring: Social Media and the Dead

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People around the world are connected by the touch of a button through the medium of social media. These outward facing platforms have encouraged those working in science, including disciplines with human remains, to share their research with the wider public. However, because technology is rapidly evolving, it is challenging for good practice guidance to keep up. As a result, a number of ethical concerns have been raised resulting from social media’s ubiquity. Such concerns include whether human remains should be shared and displayed online, and all arguments seem to point towards justification and contextualisation. Furthermore, the rapid technological development of other imaging devices, such as three-dimensional documentation, has added to this discussion. This chapter addresses some of these conversations, using recent news media examples, in an attempt to drive forward further conversations. This chapter does not aim to solve the issues discussed, but does recommended guidance for the future.

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    The Digital Osteology (Digi-Osteo) mailing list was created in February 2015 by Alison Atkin and David Errickson. The JISCMAIL email service was used as a means of encouraging cross-disciplinary communication on ethical considerations in our digital work.

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Errickson, D., Thompson, T.J.U. (2019). Sharing Is Not Always Caring: Social Media and the Dead. In: Squires, K., Errickson, D., Márquez-Grant, N. (eds) Ethical Approaches to Human Remains. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32926-6_13

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