This edition of Global Information Society Watch seeks to understand the constructive role that technology can play in confronting the crises. It disrupts the normative understanding of technology being an easy panacea to the planet’s environmental challenges and suggests that a nuanced and contextual use of technology is necessary for real sustainability to be achieved.
For the last few years Pangea has been involved in the eReuse.org project, dedicated to promoting and facilitating the reuse of computers and other electronic devices. The project’s main goal is to extend the lifetime of these products through repair, refurbishment and reuse, to ensure final recycling.
According to the GISWatch 2010 report, electronics is the fastest growing sector in India and are purchased by about 52 million people. From 1993 to 2000 the number of PCs owned by Indians grew 604% and one can only imagine how many computers have been bought since then.
Mexico has one of the world’s most diverse ecosystems, and is therefore also very vulnerable to climate change. This report identifies in what ways the use of ICTs has been proposed in public policies as a response to climate change. It also points out convergence between the digital and climate agenda, and offers a deeper reflection and analysis on the issue.
When the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) was approved in Costa Rica in 2008, the telecommunications sector – previously a state monopoly – opened itself to the liberal economic market. This study looks at the different initiatives, policies and actors involved in environmental stability from the telecommunications sector and focuses on climate change and e-waste management. &n...
Bangladesh, like many countries, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. This new report by Partha Sarker and Munir Hasan indicates that information and communications technologies (ICTs) and environmental sustainability issues are still not on Bangladeshi policy makers’ agendas.
In India, the ICT boom in recent years has greatly increased the presence of new dangerous and toxic waste in the environment but no official policies have been created to deal with the informal disposal of e-waste in the country. This study addresses the need for a consolidated study in India of any sorts to measure the policy trends in relation to environmental sustainability, climate change ...
This report looks at how ICTs are being used in Egypt to mitigate and adapt to climate change as well as how e-waste is managed in the country. It documents the key stakeholders involved, offers an overview of the policy and legislative context, analyses challenges and trends, and identifies several key areas for civil society advocacy.