some of the biggest issues in technology, and especially educational technology, today. We’ll learn about issues of equity, ethics, access, and we’ll talk about data privacy and how students and faculty are targeted.


with other members of the TRU community who are wrestling with the same ideas and looking to establish a healthier relationship to technology. We’ll build a community of practice to keep this conversation going all year.


your tech-use practices with new information in mind. We’ll empower you to make better choices about how you interact with technology in your life and work, and give you questions to ask in your post-detox life.

What to Expect When You’re Detoxing

For the month of January, we’ll remind you twice a week when there are new posts to read on the Digital Detox site. We’ll also send you information about face-to-face discussion meet-ups during Digital Detox month, and we’ll connect you to related resources and future sessions.

All members of the TRU community and beyond are welcome to join in our conversation. Register by 6 January to ensure you receive every update.

TRU Digital Detox 2020

Posts will appear here through the month of January and will be archived here thereafter.

The Final Farewell

Reading Time: 3 minutes Well, we’ve done it, my friends. This month, you’ve read along with me through eight substantive essays on equity and access, ethics and data privacy, algorithms, contract …

Blog Round Up!

Reading Time: < 1 minute A quick post to collect some of the takes on the #TRUDigitalDetox floating around the blog-o-sphere over the last month. So, the boss kicked off the blog chatter with his c…

Digital Detox #7: Radical Openness

Reading Time: 8 minutes Sunshine is the best disinfectant. Sure, it’s an aphorism, but it’s a good’un.  I mean, it’s not always true. Don’t clean your kitchen with sunlight; soap is, in…

Digital Detox #6: Radical Resistance

Reading Time: 7 minutes So. What if we just say no? In today’s post, I want to talk to you a little more directly about what resistance looks like in the context of our digital detox. Indeed, I want…

Digital Detox #4: A Case Study of Suck

Reading Time: 9 minutes A subtitle of sorts: Contract Cheating and Equity, Data, and Algorithms. Today we’re going to talk a little bit about contract cheating and a lot about what contract cheating…

Digital Detox #3: Algorithms and Exclusion

Reading Time: 7 minutes Today’s topic is a particularly heavy one, because I’m going to ask you to wrestle with the idea of what social exclusion looks like in the context of technology, and how m…

Digital Detox #2: Ethics and Data Privacy

Reading Time: 9 minutes Okay, it’s time to roll up our sleeves for the big guns: ethics and data. It’s probably not a surprising piece of information for me to share with you that much of what you…

Digital Detox #1: EdTech and Equity Issues

Reading Time: 9 minutes In the first instalment of the Digital Detox, we discuss equity, and how the inequities inherent in both technology and education are our responsibility to dismantle.… R…

Preview Post: Why Detox?

Reading Time: 3 minutes Wherein we set up the parameters of the detox, discuss metaphors, and promise to unsettle but not panic.… Read More…

The Digital Detox has concluded and registration is closed. Please enjoy the archived posts.