David Levy

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Office: Mary Gates Hall 330T
Phone: 206.616.2545
Fax: 206.616.3152


  • Contemplative Practices
  • Ethics of Information and Technology
  • Information and the Quality of Life

Current Quarter Teaching

  • INFX 554 - Information and contemplation
  • LIS 508 - History of recorded information


David Levy holds a PhD from Stanford University in computer science (1979) and a Diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute, London (1982). For fifteen years (until December, 1999), he was a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) where his research focused on the nature of documents and on the tools and practices through which they are created and used. His current research focuses on information and the quality of life. He is the author of "Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age" (Arcade, 2001).


  • Ph D, Computer Science, Stanford University
  • MS, Stanford University
  • BA, Dartmouth College


Play iOn the Future: Information Overload with David Levy

iOn the Future: Information Overload with David Levy

David Levy says there could be a problem with the mountain of information and distractions that are available to us in a constantly-connected digital world. The key is finding the proper balance between new technology and the human experience.  Learn more about David Levy’s work regarding information overload and read his bio

This segment is part of a 60-minute UWTV-produced documentary film about the UW Information School and its work, which aims to draw attention to the school’s faculty and the social impact of research.

Areas of Expertise


  • "Mindful Tech: Learning to Use Digital Technologies More Attentively" (2014)
    Naropa University
  • "No Time to Think: Balance, Technology and Academic Life" (2014)
    University of North Carolina, Asheville
  • "Shabbat, Digital Culture, and the Politics of Rest" (2014)
    University of North Carolina, Asheville