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On the Complex Relationship Between ICT Systems and the Planet
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computerized Image Analysis and Human-Computer Interaction.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Division of Visual Information and Interaction. Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computerized Image Analysis and Human-Computer Interaction.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3806-5216
2018 (English)In: This Changes Everything –ICT and Climate Change: What Can We Do? / [ed] David Kreps, Charles Ess, Louise Leenen, Kai Kimppa, Springer, 2018, p. 181-187Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper addresses the challenges of designing sustainable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) systems. The complexity of ICT systems, the number of stakeholders involved (technology providers, policymakers, users, etc.), and the extension and global scale of ICT supply chain are the main challenges at the core of the complex relationship between ICT systems and the planet Earth. ICT offer an opportunity for an exchange between matter-energy and information: the better use of information offers the greatopportunity for decreasing the environmental impact of human activities by decreasing the matter and energy consumption. But, on the other side, like anyhuman activity, the design, production, use, and disposal of complex ICT systems,has as a consequence a growth in entropy. This intriguing dilemma is one of the most difficult challenges in front of designers, ICT companies, users, and policy makers. This paper concentrates on the designers, the engineers’ dilemmas: what are the ethical competences, the skills, the methods for addressing these complex ethical dilemmas? Among the many ethical approaches, the“virtue/future ethics” is proposed as a core ethical competence for the designers and engineers of the future.

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Springer, 2018. p. 181-187
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IFIP AICT, ISSN 1868-4238, E-ISSN 868-422X ; 537
Keywords [en]
Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Entropy, Future ethics, Fairphone, Slow tech
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Human Computer Interaction Environmental Sciences Ethics
Research subject
Human-Computer Interaction
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-360589DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-99605-9_13ISBN: 978-3-319-99604-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-360589DiVA, id: diva2:1248451
Conference
13th IFIP TC 9 International Conference on Human Choice and Computers, HCC13 2018. Held at the 24th IFIP World Computer Congress, WCC 2018 Poznan, Poland, September 19–21, 2018
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ETHCOMPCESTAvailable from: 2018-09-14 Created: 2018-09-14 Last updated: 2018-09-17

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