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Internet Governance and Sustainable Development

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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New discussions on Greening the Internet 1 Reply

Started by Virginia (Ginger) Paque. Last reply by Enock Othin Jul 3, 2012.

2008 IGF in Hyderabad - by Maja Andjelkovic

Started by Diplo IGCBP Apr 21, 2009.

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Comment by Enock Othin on July 3, 2012 at 9:59am

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.

Comment by Enock Othin on July 3, 2012 at 9:52am

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.

Comment by Enock Othin on July 3, 2012 at 9:46am

Hello members am so happy to join this group and lets share ideas to build our societies.

Comment by SCHOMBE BAUDOUIN on December 8, 2010 at 3:08pm
With the consequences of climate change, all countries of the world feel the need to be sufficiently informed on the weather. Digital technology becomes not only an appropriate means to communicate and exchange information but also a way to prevent natural disasters. But is this the same perception in all countries?
Comment by Olubodun Olufemi on February 24, 2010 at 5:16pm
Yes, I will be posting here my personal observations on how e-fraudsters do their things. It may not entirely be an expert idea but plain observations I could made with information available when I use the Internet. But here it shall be different-sustainable development and ICTs.
Comment by Seiiti on February 24, 2010 at 4:48pm
Olubodun, welcome! This is a great idea - have you joined the group on Cybercrime? http://www.diplointernetgovernance.org/group/cybercrime

Although not a computer specialist, Frank Abagnale has made an important contribution to also share the tricks of con artists and fraudsters with his books. I'm interested to hear more from you here on our community!
Comment by Olubodun Olufemi on February 24, 2010 at 11:03am
A number of things are interesting here and I must say that the affordances of technology make it possible to interact more flexibly than before. I plan to be able to contribute to cybercrime by bringing useful information as they become available on the 'tricks' of e-fraudsters. Sustainable development is one aspect of discussion that I am interested in also. Developing countries are on top when issues on development come to focus. Although some may claim situations may not be as static as many would believe but I think it is disturbing that continuity is the main challenge. Information and communication technology will (in my opinion and I think it is a general opinion) help situate efforts and activities towards addressing a number of challenges plaguing the world by the involvement of diverse interest and experts in researches and creative deployment of Internet resources and other relevant technological resources as well.
Comment by Iffat Rose Gill on January 20, 2009 at 8:47am
Looks good Maja! Great work!
Comment by Maja on January 19, 2009 at 9:21pm
As promised, below is the link to the report from the scenarios workshop held at the IGF. Thank you to all of the Diplo friends who participated and so helped shape the scenarios!


Please contact tvetter@iisd.ca (or me!) with any questions!
Comment by Maja on January 15, 2009 at 5:13am
Also coming soon: the report from the scenarios exercise in Hyderabad... sorry for the delay, there was a long cue for copy-editing!

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