The Digital Tattoo Project is a collaboration between the UBC Library, the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, and the the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology (ICCIT), University of Toronto.

We are a students-as-partners project. Our content is created and curated by our Student Coordinators with collaborative assistance from the Strategic Co-Leads. Our content seeks to engage students and community members in the evolving and on-going conversations about online identity.

Our Goals

The goal of this site and the Digital Tattoo project is to raise questions, provide examples and links to resources to encourage you to think about your presence online, navigate the issues involved in forming and re-forming your digital identity and learn about your rights and responsibilities as a digital citizen. We want you to be able to make your own informed decisions about your digital identity.

Here are many ways to use the resources and connect with the community associated with the digital tattoo project:

Of course, we would love your feedback on our site. If you are an educator or a student please don't hesitate to contact us to share your story!

  • We try hard to present a balanced point of view. Obviously, the Privacy and Surveillance section will have more of a focus on some of the downsides of digital life, and the Academic and Professional Life sections – the upsides. If you think we could do a better job, tell us. We encourage your comments and feedback.
  • The content is developed by students. From time to time the working group (students and project staff) edit content to keep it timely, relevant and to add new pieces where something is missing.
  • We moderate and publish the comments we receive. Sometimes we get comments that we need to think carefully about (and maybe respond privately to). If your comment hasn’t been published – that’s why. We’re doing our best to be respectful of you and responsible to our audiences.
  • The content on this site is evolving. Just as we and our students are evolving in our understanding and experience with some of the issues we are attempting to address. You may see pages that are sketchy in the detail. If you can help to fill it in with a great example (your own) or some points to consider, please comment on the page.

UBC’s Digital Tattoo Project uses Google Analytics. This helps us understand what's interesting (or not) to our readers and we use that information to help us edit and improve the site. Cookies are used for traffic analysis and progress-tracking only. You can opt out of using cookies by changing your browser settings, though this may diminish site functionality. Your IP address will also be logged in the UBC server when you submit quizzes. You can choose to make your IP address anonymous by using a free proxy server. See our section on Anonymous Browsing for more information about cookies and steps you can take to manage your privacy. We respect your privacy and will never transfer your personal information to third parties except as required by law. Social media buttons are subject to policies of the respective parties.

Our Team

  • Our working team and contributors.
  • All of our content is created by students at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto. We are a student-led, staff supported team. We do not publish content from non-student, unsolicited authors.

Contact us at digital.tattoo@ubc.ca  We are always looking for ways to improve the site. Please let us know what you would like to see more, less or handled differently. We love to hear about what others are doing – if you are involved in a similar project, please share the link!

Visit to view our past team contributors