I’m going to preface this by saying that I don’t consider myself to have particularly strong technical knowledge, and my understanding of Solid is shaky at best. Please correct me if I have fundamentally misunderstood anything.
I am wondering if there has been any work or discussions around how Solid might be used to plan for what happens to our data after we die (or are incapacitated by illness). It seems to me that Solid allows for substantially improved control over our digital legacy.
For example, say I have a personal Pod that contains my social media data, my photographs, my most private secrets, and all of the documents and data that detail my financial assets. When I die, I wish for explicit actions to be taken for each of these contents. For example, let’s say I want:
- My most private secrets to be deleted immediately
- My photographs to be shared with my loved ones
- My financial documents to be shared with the executor of my will but nobody else
- My social media to be memorialised, and then all the posts deleted after 1 year
Unlike the current system, in which my data is spread around the world and stored with various companies who each have different policies around ownership of data and so on, with Solid I could potentially define clear instructions for these kinds of actions and be reasonably confident that they are carried out. Obviously the exact mechanisms could vary, but there would be some kind of trigger upon my death (let’s say it’s a dead man’s switch for now), after which a trusted piece of software that I have configured according to my wishes carries out these instructions on my behalf.
So before I sink any more time into this, I am wondering whether this is a realistic use case for Solid, and if so, whether there any existing projects around this kind of thing?