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.
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
ICTS, the Internet and Sustainability: An Interview with Jay Naidoo
IISD's David Souter interviews Jay Naidoo, Chair, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, Member of the Broadband Commission of the International...Read More
ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability: An Interview with Luis Neves
IISD's David Souter interviews Luis Neves, chairman of the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) and Vice President, Corporate Social...Read More
ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability: An Interview with Nii Quaynor
IISD's David Souter interviews Nii Quaynor, Chairman of Ghana Dot Com LTD, who has also served as chair of the National Information Technology...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
ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability: Where Next?
This final paper in the IISD Global Connectivity project—ICTs, the Internet and Sustainability—presents an analysis of the views of ten...Read More
Toolkit on Internet Public Policy Dialogue: Tools for the Practitioner
This Toolkit can be used by new or emerging public policy groups seeking to understand and support public policy dialogue with stakeholders.It is...Read More
Moving Beyond the Tool: ICTs in the Sustainable Development Discussion at Rio+20
Two representatives of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and former IISD interns comment on the ways in which ICTs were...Read More
An Experiment with Social Network Analysis: Assessing the scope and scale of IISD's relationships on Internet governance as a test of the usefulness of social network analysis for network evaluation
This study is an exploration of the use of social network analysis (SNA) as a tool in understanding the composition, reach and effectiveness of...Read More