Digital Detox 2019

Digital Detox is an initiative to reduce the toxicity of our personal digital environments and how we engage with them. The theme of this year's Detox is Inclusion and Bias in Digital Spaces. When you sign up for the Detox, you'll receive a twice-weekly email newsletter in January and early February with actionable strategies for reducing exclusion, increasing inclusion, and combating bias in digital spaces.  By mindfully taking on this detox, you will begin to develop critical and healthy habits in digital spaces.

About the initiative

In the office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ), we look holistically at "the digital" in our lives and in our educational environments. This means we examine the promises and the risks of how we use digital tools, how those tools impact various facets of our lives and interactions, and the increasingly blurred edges between physical and digital realms.

A digital detox can help all of us to develop more critical, self-protective, and healthy habits in digital spaces. This digital detox will be a little different that the ones you may have seen out there, that generally promote time away from technology to encourage more mindfulness. During DLINQ's detox, yes, we’ll look at mindfulness and healthy habits, but we’ll also show how detoxing means reducing the toxicity of our personal digital environments.

This year, we'll be exploring ways of increasing inclusion and combating bias in digital spaces. Digital exclusion is designed into our technological systems and practices in many ways, including but not limited to: digital redlining, algorithms, surveillance, “hostile design,” digital divides, inaccessible technology, cognitive bias, unconscious bias, and bullying/harassment. Each newsletter presents a small, actionable step toward increasing inclusion and combating bias in digital spaces.

Digital Detox 2019 is created in partnership with the DLINQ Inclusive Design studio.

The Detox...

extreme close up of a droplet of water and concentric circles
Digital Detox 2.4: Mindfulness & Radical Listening in Digital Spaces
Written by Bob Cole, Director of 
Read more.
photo looking down into a bright yellow spiral staircase
Digital Detox 2.3: Biased, who me?
Written by Shel Sax, DLINQ Daniel 
Read more.
aerial photo of a city street with a red line painted down the middle, flanked by a building and a stand of trees
Digital Detox 2.2: Data and Digital Redlining
Written by Dr. Amy Collier, Associate 
Read more.
the word hello spraypainted in bright orange on a sidewalk with a pair of black shoes standing next to it
Digital Detox 2.1: Who is welcome online?
Written by Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak, 
Read more.

Related Events

Join us in person to delve into further discussion of these Digital Detox topics!

Mindfulness and Radical Listening in Digital Spaces

January 17, 2019

8:00-9:00 am Pacific | 11:00 am - noon Eastern

Facilitated by Sarah Lohnes Watulak & Bob Cole

In Wilson Media Lab (Middlebury College) or online via Zoom

Further information and to RSVP


Who is Welcome Online?

January 24, 2019

10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific | 1:00 - 2:00 pm Eastern

Facilitated by Amy Collier & Sarah Lohnes Watulak

In the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Research (Middlebury College) or online via Zoom

Further information and to RSVP


Digital Detox 2018

Schedule of Digital Detox newsletters that went out in January and February, 2018:
Jan. 10 Mindful social media practices
Jan. 12 Safe(r) social media practices
Jan. 17 Using privacy-oriented web tools
Jan. 19 Better passwords and password management
Jan. 24 Blocking and clearing personal data from brokers
Jan. 26 Email survival strategies and better email services
Jan. 31 Fact checking quickly
Feb. 2 Ongoing reflections and resources
BONUS EDITION: How the loss of net neutrality impacts educators and students