The New Communication Interface to Determine the Lifespan of Digital Information

  • Sooyeon Maeng
  • Bong-Gwan Jun
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8028)


In cyber space, freedom of self-expression prevails and millions of people enjoy the benefit of this right. Unfortunately, sometimes this privilege is taken for granted and what was written casually in the past remains permanently online and later becomes a label that marks one’s identity. This enduring characteristic of online data stored in a form of digital information is known as digital eternity. In this paper, we will introduce a system which overcomes the limitations of digital eternity by using volatile messages that will leave no trace online. This system ensures freedom of expression and reduces regrets of past posting in online space. As a result, it was found that the digital eternity is a potential psychological threat which suppresses freedom of expression and the use of volatile messages reduces the burden and encourages greater degree of freedom.


Social Network System Digital Eternity Digital Communication Volatile Message Communication Interface Lifespan of Digital Information 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sooyeon Maeng
    • 1
  • Bong-Gwan Jun
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Culture TechnologyKorea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)Yuseong-guRepublic of Korea

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