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In an effort to bring the two policy arenas closer together, we we hope to hear from everyone in the Diplo community about their understanding of sustainable development, and of the role the Internet plays as a global platform, or ecosystem.
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The relationship among ICTs, innovation and the environment is often examined in terms of three distinct kinds of effects:
First-order or direct effects, which arise from the design, production, distribution, maintenance and disposal of ICT goods and services by the ICT industry.
Second-order or indirect effects, which arise from the application and use of ICTs throughout the economy and society, in government and public institutions, and in the research and academic communities.
Third-order or systemic effects, which arise from changes in economic and social structures and behaviour enabled by the availability, accessibility, application and use of ICT goods and services.
ICT-enabled systemic effects could dramatically impact economic and social parameters such as the attitudes, expectations and behaviour of individuals as consumers, citizens and members of communities; the demand and supply of goods and services; organizational structures; production, distribution and service processes; and governance in the private and public sectors. From this perspective, the large-scale economic and social choices made by individuals, organizations and communities about how to use ICTs to change their structures and behaviours will play a potentially significant role in determining whether there is a successful global response to the challenge of achieving sustainable development.
Our best option in many cases will be to enhance our capacity to predict and track such changes, develop appropriate management and adaptation strategies, and plot a course toward better environmental management. The Internet and information and communication technologies (ICTs) are transformative technologies in that they put intelligence at the edges of networks, thereby maximizing users' capacity to create and adapt. Examples of such transformation include using ICTs to improve practices in agriculture and forestry; monitor air and water pollution; improve disaster warning and relief; improve the efficiency of the energy, transportation, and goods and services sectors; and harness social networking for transformative change. At the same time, the sustainability of these technologies must also be managed to avoid unintended consequences such as increased consumption and environmental damage from electronic waste.
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