Drowning in data – digital pollution, green IT, and sustainable access – WS 11 2017

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Programme overview 2017

WS 11: Digital pollution / impact on the environment Consolidated programme 2018 overview

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Session teaser

We cannot legitimately discuss access without addressing sustainability.


Access, Carbon footprint, Circular economy, Climate change, Digital pollution, E-waste, Energy, Greenhouse gas emissions, ICT4D, ICT4S, Sustainability, Sustainable development

Session description

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Further reading

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  1. Michael Oghia (CircleID) (2017) – Shedding Light on How Much Energy the Internet and ICTs Consume
  2. Telefónica IoT Team (2017) – Infographic: 5 saving and efficiency Key Factors in Smart Energy Solutions
  3. World Health Organization (WHO) (2017) – Inheriting a Sustainable World: Atlas on Children’s Health and the Environment
  4. E-mail exchange between Michael Oghia and Vint Cerf (2017) – What fraction of the power consumption does the Internet (and its access devices) take?
  5. IGF Dynamic Coalition on Internet and Climate Change (DCICC) (2016) – Linking ICTs and Climate Change: Towards COP21 and SDGs
  6. Michael Oghia (CircleID) (2016) – The Internet’s Climate Quandary and the Inconvenience of Practicing What We Preach
  7. Hazas et al. (2016) – Are there limits to growth in data traffic?: On time use, data generation and speed
  8. CircleID (2016) – Data growth, IoT will lead to unlimited energy consumption if not controlled, scientists warn
  9. GSMA (2016) – Mobile Industry Impact Report: Sustainable Development Goals
  10. Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) (2015) – SMARTer2030 ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges
  11. Jessica Benko (New York Times) (2015) – Making and Unmaking the Digital World
  12. CCCB Lab (2014) – How polluting is the Internet?
  13. European Commission (EC) (2014) – Study on the practical application of the new framework methodology for measuring the environmental impact of ICT – cost/benefit analysis
  14. The Atlantic (2014) – Inside a Massive Electronics Graveyard
  15. EC (2013) – Towards an overall measurement methodology of the carbon and energy footprints of the ICT sector
  16. EC (2013) – ICT footprint: Pilot testing on methodologies for energy consumption and carbon footprint of the ICT-sector
  17. Leyla Acaroglu (New York Times) (2013) – Where Do Old Cellphones Go to Die?
  18. Greenpeace (2012) – How Clean is Your Cloud?

Additional resources on data center efficiency:

  1. Google data centers
  2. Efficiency: How others can do it (Google)
  3. Google’s green data centers: Network POP case study
  4. Machine learning applications for data center optimization
  5. The datacenter as a computer: An introduction to the design of warehouse-scale machines

Additional resources on e-waste:

  1. International Telecommunications Union (ITU) activities on e-waste
  2. iFixIt e-waste website
  3. WHO e-waste
  4. Solving the e-Waste Problem (STEP)


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