The Digital Remembrance is a web-based service provided by Amnesty International which allows people at risk to leave messages for his/her loved ones. If the at-risk-person is illegally detained, the account will be activated, and start sending stories/pictures/messages to the family. This will allow the illegally detained person to spread joy and happiness, even when s/he is not with her/his family.
Watching the TED Talk by
Stefana Broadbent on "How the Internet enables intimacy"(http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/stefana_broadbent_how_the_internet_enables_intimacy.html) made me question how a husband/wife of an illegally detained person is able to stay "in love" and feel connected with their wife/husband, when they do not hear from him/her. It made me question how we as human beings are able to nurture intimate relationships across large distances and even across time - with people who are no longer with us.
My mother has given a book to both of my grandparents and asked them to write down small stories from their lives. My grandfather died a while back, and it is nice to be able to bring out the book, see his handwriting and listen to the stories. It kind of feels like he is still here. I also know that soldiers who are leaving for the front are writing letters, which will be kept and given to the family, in the tragic event that s/he does not return home
So, I wondered what Amnesty International could learn from that. I assume that many of the people who are illegally detained, know of the risk of this happening. in advance. I therefor propose that Amnesty creates a website, here people at risk of being detained, can leave messages, movies, pictures etc. for their family. For instance a mother could leave a certain message to be sent to her son on his birthday or a message for her husband on their day of anniversary.
If the person is taken away, then Amnesty will activate the account of the person, so that the stories that left behind can sent to their family as ordered by the now illegally detained person, who is not able to communicate with the outside world any more. This also allows Amnesty to keep track of and support the families of illegally detained people, as well as stay in close contact with "high risk" activists.