Internet and Technology
Our growing dependence on Internet technology as the backbone of a global society is unprecedented.
Many aspects of international trade and finance are now dependent on the integrity and global connectedness of the Internet. The choices we make regarding how we govern Internet technology could have far-reaching implications for economic, social and environmental sustainability.
Deregulation in many industrialized countries has encouraged an explosion of communication offerings. As a result, telephone, cable television and Internet service providers are increasingly invading each other's traditional markets, resulting in the convergence of voice, data and computing technology delivered over a combination of new and legacy infrastructure. These trends suggest a future where one will be able to connect to the Internet anywhere and at any time, as well as a future where the Internet will be the foundation for all information and communication exchanges. In other words, the future of global connectivity is that of the Internet itself.
Strengthening our understanding of the critical uncertainties about tomorrow's Internet is crucial for understanding what form the global connectivity system may take. The policies and agreements enacted by international, national and multistakeholder bodies to address critical Internet uncertainties could play a pivotal role in guiding the evolution of the global connectivity system and determining whether the transformations it is catalyzing contribute to global sustainability.
Understanding Needs, Meeting Demands: A user-oriented analysis of online knowledge broker platforms for climate change and development
This paper examines the current state of alignment between climate knowledge brokering (CKB) platforms and the information-seeking and knowledge...Read More
Interview with David Souter on the development-technology disconnect
If "Sustainable Development Goals" are chosen as the vehicle for global development efforts post-2015, a comprehensive understanding of...Read More
Sustainable Communication: How communication technology and the internet create both opportunities for and threats to sustainable development
Do we need to rethink Sustainable Development Goals?The internet and ICTs are changing the parameters of sustainability by creating opportunities...Read More
Changing our Understanding of Sustainability: The impact of ICTs and the Internet
This expansive IISD project is composed of 17 discrete articles collected in a single PDF (7.1 MB), or available individually in ZIP (6.2 MB)...Read More
ICT Innovation and Sustainable Development
Robin Mansell, Professor, New Media and the Internet, London School of Economics, discusses the contradictions in the ICT revolution and confronts...Read More
Smarter and Greener? Information Technology and the Environment: Positive or negative impacts?
Graham Vickery, Information Economics, and former head of the OECD Information Economy Group, explores the positive and negative impacts of smarter...Read More
ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability: An Interview with Angela Cropper
IISD's David Souter interviews Angela Cropper, Deputy Director, United Nations Environment Programme (retired) and former independent member of the...Read More
Supporting Multistakeholder Internet Public Policy Dialogue in a Least Developed Country: The Togo Experience
This case study for Togo, a least developed country, illustrates how multistakeholder dialogue can identify priorities and challenges for the...Read More
Using ICT for Adaptation Rather than Mitigation to Climate Change
Bill St. Arnaud, Green IT consultant, explores adaptation solutions within the ICT sector that can respond to the changing climate and can...Read More
ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability: An Interview with Caroline Figuères
IISD's David Souter interviews Caroline Figuères, Managing Director, International Institute for Communications and Development (IICD), on the...Read More