James Norris

James Norris is the founder of MyWishes and The Digital Legacy Association.
James Norris

The Digital Legacy Association was launched at Hospice UK’s Conference in 2015. Its goal is to highlight the importance of making plans for our digital lives to help ensure that each person’s preferences for their digital lives are adhered to.

The Digital Legacy Association supports end of life, palliative care, social care, healthcare, legal, celebrant and funeral professionals in areas relating to digital legacy planning and digital asset safeguarding. They support professionals through education, training, campaigning, events and developing best practice frameworks.

The Digital Legacy Association also runs the annual Digital Legacy Conference to further disseminate information and celebrate innovation within this area. The Digital Legacy Conference has taken place at UCL Partners, St Joseph’s Hospice, Siena College (USA) and at the European Association of Palliative Care World Congress (Germany).

MyWishes is an end of life planning software that empowers the general public to document and share their end of life preferences. MyWishes has evolved from the digital legacy planning service formerly known as ‘DeadSocial’ into a holistic platform evoking thought, planning and storytelling.

James has consulted various governmental and non-governmental organisations across Europe in areas relating to death and the internet.

He also sits on various technology, legal and social care related boards. James often contributes and provides thought leadership in areas relating to death, bereavement, technology and the internet on TV, online, print and in scientific journals.

Appearances and publications range from BBC Breakfast, the Channel 4 News, the Royal College of Physicians and the British Medical Journal to the Queen Latifah Show, Vice magazine and Jon Richardson’s Ultimate Worrier.


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