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The Digital Unknown: Assessing the Impact of ICTs on Human Environment and Health Lorenz Erdmann Institute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessment www.izt.de. A weightless and frictionless economy?. ICT waste: growth, „Exporting harm“ ICT electricity: a few %s, growth

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The Digital Unknown: Assessing the Impact of ICTs on Human Environment and HealthLorenz ErdmannInstitute for Futures Studies and Technology Assessmentwww.izt.de



What do we know now

ICT waste: growth, „Exporting harm“

ICT electricity: a few %s, growth

Absolute growth of transport, energy, GHG, MSW

ICT impact: –20 to + 30 %

„E-Smog“: proof of biological, but not of adverse effects

Digital opportunities: e.g. home care

Stress: from ICT at work to pervasive computing

New ethical questions: e.g. implantates

What do we know now?

Environment

Health


Need for new policy paradigms
Need for new policy paradigms

ICT Efficiency

Dematerialises

the Economy

Reactive

and Regional

Policy

Technology

Driven

Development

  • Few incentives

  • Rebound-Effects

  • Innovation Dynamics

  • Prisoners Dilemma

  • Pervasive Computing

  • Acceptance Problems

Framework

Conditions

Decisive

Proactive

and Global

Policy

Participatory

Technology

Development


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • MEAs are crucial to take advantage of the dematerialisation potential of ICTs

  • A global Roadmap for Sustainable ICTs should be developed using existing networks as nuclei

  • New tasks for the EU and the UN include participatory technology assessment and transfer of well adapted ICTs for developing countries


Thank you!

Lorenz Erdmann

www.izt.de

www.sustainable-ict.info


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