Climate Change & ICTs: A Double Edged Sword

https://www.itu.int/ITU-D/cyb/events/2008/geneva/docs/kelly-icts_and_climate_change-may2008.pdf

According to this post from the World Summit on Information Society ICTs are starting to contribute to climate change and global warming. Ironically, ICTs are contributing to some of the disasters that they are also helping manage! I just thoroughly enjoyed this unique take on the relationship between ICTs and disasters! The presentation goes through the negative and positive effects ICTs have on the global climate change, however, the aspect of the publication most pertinent to ICT4D is the section entitled “Implications for Developing Countries”. However, this mostly explains how limited access to ICTs means limited benefits of ICTs when adapting to climate change.

 

Also, the climate focus gives an environmental lens to ICTs, and shows a whole new dimension to the downfalls of them which is truly not covered in any other intersectionality: carbon footprint. 

 

 

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