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Inside the Digital Society: Responsible innovation
Inside the Digital Society: Responsible innovation 10 February 2020 David Souter

Last week I wrote about the relationship between digitalisation and climate change. This week I’ll ask what might be meant, at a time of growing environmental crisis, by responsible innovation. Three great environmental challenges There are many environmental challenges we face today, but four are specially important: pollution, resource depletion, lost biodiversity and climate change. The last of these, at least, poses an existential threat to human welfare. Our economies, societies and ge...

Inside the Digital Society: The climate for digital development
Inside the Digital Society: The climate for digital development 04 February 2020 David Souter

Predicting the future’s hard but there are two global trends that seem fairly certain. Digitalisation and climate change are likely to shape our future more than anything else that we can see at present (short of catastrophe). How are they linked? Or, to put it another way, why aren’t they linked more than they are? This week, the problem. Next week, a suggested approach. An existential threat When I was young, the existential threat we feared – the thing that could destr...

HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders
HRC40: States should defend environmental human rights defenders 14 March 2019 Various

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) update: The draft resolution on environmental human rights defenders has now been formally "tabled" at the Human Rights Council, meaning it is scheduled for consideration and adoption by the Council on 22 and 23 March. The draft resolution is a timely and important statement on the vital role of environmental human rights defenders in safeguarding ...

COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change?
COP21: Can ICTs mitigate climate change? 02 December 2015 APC

“Climate change creates a new opportunity for humanity to change its direction,” was ecofeminist Vandana Shiva’s message to COP21, the UN Conference on Environment and Development 2015, celebrated in Paris between 30 November and 11 December. At APC, awareness of climate change and its relationship with information and communications technologies (ICTs) has been an integral pa...

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