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, which ran from January 9 - February 8, 2019, was Inclusion and Bias in Digital Spaces. Each Digital Detox newsletter shared actionable strategies for reducing exclusion, increasing inclusion, and combating bias in digital spaces.

Although the 2019 Detox has ended, you can read all of the newsletters below. We invite you to try out some of the strategies throughout the year!

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 explored 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...

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Digital Detox 2.10: Social Snow – A Personal Data Security Story
  Written by Joe Antonioli, DLINQ Senior Curricular Innovation Strategist This academic year my colleague Amy 
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Digital Detox 2.9: Responding to Online Harassment
Written by Renee Wells, Director of Education for Equity and Inclusion, Middlebury “Knowing how to handle 
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Digital Detox 2.8: Universal Design for Learning and Accessibility
Written by Bill Koulopoulos, DLINQ Director of Technology and Learning Spaces As the number of students 
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Digital Detox 2.7: Resisting the “Average” and Including “Edge Cases”
Written by DLINQ staff “In Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic 
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Digital Detox 2.6: Deconstructing Privacy
Written by Amy Slay, DLINQ Instructional Designer Privacy: the state of being alone, or the right 
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Digital Detox 2.5: Confronting the Invisible Digital Divide in Higher Ed
Written by Noraya Razzaque, DLINQ Graduate Assistant In higher education, the use of multimedia, technology tools, 
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Digital Detox 2.4: Mindfulness & Radical Listening in Digital Spaces
Written by Bob Cole, Director of Exploratory Initiatives and Partnerships, and Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Director 
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Digital Detox 2.3: Biased, who me?
Written by Shel Sax, DLINQ Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1927-2003), a distinguished politician and US Senator for 
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Digital Detox 2.2: Data and Digital Redlining
Written by Dr. Amy Collier, Associate Provost for Digital Learning Have you ever heard of Facebook’s 
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Digital Detox 2.1: Who is welcome online?
Written by Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak, Director of Digital Pedagogy and Media, and Dr. Amy Collier, 
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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