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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 fact, also an excellent disinfectant. Probably better if you’ve just handled raw … Read More

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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 to talk to you about … Read More

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Digital Detox #5: Questions to Ask Before Giving Up

Reading Time: 7 minutes I’m borrowing the title from a marvellous poem — linked again in context down below — by Kaitlyn Boulding. It’s wonderful to share with students at difficult moments in the semester. To peel back the lid of the sardine can, … Read More

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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 tells us about the problems endemic to our relationship to technology. … Read More

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Face-to-Face Sessions

Session 2 Today we’re looking back on the experience of the Digital Detox and looking ahead to what we’re going to do with our newfound knowledge. 10:30 – 10:45Think, Ink, Pair, ShareWhat is one idea, fact, reading, or concept that … Read More

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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 many modes of exclusion are baked in to the … Read More

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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 engage with online — from Google … Read More