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


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

Publications and Contributions


  • "Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to Our Digital Lives" (2016)
    The Whole U, University of Washington
  • "Dealing with Stress in a Time of Change" (2015)
    A workshop for library staff, Appalachian State University
  • "Mindful Tech" (2015)
    A workshop for faculty at the University of Oregon
  • "Mindful Tech: Bringing Greater Balance to Our Online Lives" (2015)
    Innovative Learning Conference, Nueva School
  • "Mindful Tech: Finding Balance in an Age of Overload and Distraction" (2015)
    Appalachian State University
  • "Mindful Tech: Searching for Sustainability and Balance in an Age of Acceleration and Overload" (2015)
    University of Oregon
  • "Mindfulness" (2015)
    Presentation to UW Alumni Association, Islandwood
  • "Practicing Contemplation" (2015)
    A workshop for students, Appalachian State University
  • "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