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Data Blackout Day Dares People to Turn off Phones, Power Down Internet

How hard is it to drop off the grid?

That's the central question posed by Data Blackout Day, the brainchild of Sarah Berkeley, a visiting instructor of art at Nebraska Wesleyan University who previously taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

The project aims to cultivate awareness of how we use data and how we're giving it away, often unknowingly.

By Patty Wetli | November 27, 2013 9:34am

 
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Wesleyan students 'unplug' from phones, internet

Students participated on different levels some giving up their gadgets cold turkey, and others taking a just a
few hours off.
"For some people it means no social media, or an hour of not doing Snapchat or whatever their level of
disconnection is that makes sense for them," Sarah Berkeley, an art professor and organizer of the event said.
Berkeley says the project has created a mellow atmosphere on campus, but she wasn't sure how students
would react at first.
"I was really nervous yesterday that we were going to have some kind of mutiny," she said.
"But it's been really mixed. Some students have said 'I'm just not going to do it, no big deal.' Other students are really curious of what life is like without the Internet."

Updated: Sep 14, 2016 7:42 PM CDT
Posted By: Brent BonFleur

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