Challenging the pursuit of Moore's law: ICT sustainability in the cloud computing era
2011 (English)In: Politeia, ISSN 1128-2401, Vol. 104, 45-55 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this paper we investigate the sustainability of Information andCommunication Technologies (ICT) from an environmental point of view. Inparticular we concentrate on two items, the ICT life cycle (manufacturing, operatingand disposing, also known as e-waste) and on the potential role of an ICTstakeholders’ network. Computers and networks are mainly based on electronicproducts, and the industrial process for producing them is one of the most complex andcostly in terms of “material intensity”. Is this process sustainable? On the other side,the emerging “cloud computing” concentrates central processing and storagecapability in a few gigantic data centres: does this contribute to the decrease orincrease of power consumption (and climate change)? How can we address the issueof e-waste? By computer return and recycling? New design principles? Openhardware? By developing smart software applications? We propose a stakeholders’network for ICT that can be useful to investigate possible strategies for addressingthese challenges.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 104, 45-55 p.
cloud computing, e-waste, material intensity, open hardware, smart software applications, stakeholders’ network
Human Computer Interaction
Research subject Human-Computer Interaction
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-168346OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-168346DiVA: diva2:495605