IGF 2018 WS #334 An environmentally sustainable Internet and climate change

Format: 

Panel - 60 Min

Organizer 1: Kemly Camacho, Sula Batsu
Organizer 2: Callen Blanca, Restarters
Organizer 3: Roura Mireia, eReuse.org
Organizer 4: Gilberto Cutrupi, Total Tactics
Organizer 5: Harper-Merrett Toby, Computers for Success - Canada Incorporated | Ordinateurs pour l'excellence - Canada Incorporée
Organizer 6: David Franquesa, eReuse.org

Speaker 1: Pavel Antonov, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 2: Roura Mireia, Civil Society, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)
Speaker 3: Bako Rozi, Civil Society, Eastern European Group
Speaker 4: Keith Sonnet, Private Sector, Western European and Others Group (WEOG)

Relevance: 

In recent decades we've seen fulfilled civil society predictions that capitalist innovations, ICTs, and the interconnection the Internet brings, have not automatically solved critical environmental issues such as climate change. In fact, we've seen the opposite. The production, consumption and disposal of computers, mobile phones and other technology are having adverse effects on the earth’s natural resources. There is an increase in political conflict and restrictions on social rights. Not to mention the massive global carbon footprint produced, pollution, energy impact of the Internet, depletion of rare materials, and impact on formal and informal workers globally. The workshop targets to identify key policies to develop at national and global level to ensure circular economy practices are implemented to mitigate the environmental impact of the Internet and ICT on the planet and its habitants.

Session Content: 

Share and bridge the gaps between technical and policy solutions to attacks on the environmental challenges and impacts of the Internet and ICT, while considering the socio-economic effects. To
ensure meaningful exchanges between techies, activists and policy advocates, we will present a diverse array of best practices and current initiatives in sustainable ICT technology and free/libre and open source software and hardware.
An environmentally sustainable Internet is past due. In recent decades we've seen fulfilled civil society predictions that capitalist innovations and ICTs have not automatically solved critical environmental issues such as climate change. In fact, we've seen the opposite. The expansion of the Internet has spurred the production, consumption and disposal of computers, mobile phones, networking devices, that are having adverse effects on the earth’s natural resources. There is an increase in political conflict and restrictions on social rights. Contemporary social networking technologies contribute for the alienation of individuals from common causes, and people close to ICT technology and policy have sometimes shocking attitudes to these concerns, particularly given the supposedly "democratic" nature of IT and the internet. Not to mention the massive global carbon footprint produced. We will highlight the best practices of electronics producers and consumers, policy makers and development organisations who are paying attention to these problems and doing something about them to achieve lasting environmental justice through technology and circular economy processes. Holding this session at the IGF is an opportunity to bring together advocates for an environmentally and socially sustainable Internet and ICT, and discuss about changes in policy and processes to mitigate climate change before is too late, a responsibility for action from governments, civil society and the private sector. Presenters and participants will share best practices, visionary ideas and make connections that will have direct impact on their work.
Our aim is that civil society work to improve their own technology practices; that private sector groups are inspired to innovate in the area of sustainable Internet, ICTs and that governments pledge to do more to encourage the environmentally sustainable use of technology.

Interventions: 

The IGF is an opportunity to bring together environmental sustainability advocates into a rights-centred internet governance space from around the world with local European groups where environmental sustainability is seen as a priority and a responsibility for governments, civil society and the private sector. The private sector and civil society will speak about improving and enabling positive technology practices.
Governments and intergovernmental organisations will address enabling projects. Presenters (civil society, private sector, technical community, academia) and participants will share best practices, visionary ideas and make connections that will have direct impact on their work.

Diversity: 

Our session increases responsiveness to and awareness of issues and solutions at the intersection of technology and policy issues in environmental justice. The private sector and civil society will speak about improving and enabling positive technology practices. Governments and intergovernmental organisations will address enabling projects. We will facilitate cross-regional collaboration between techies, industry, human rights activists and advocates. It seeks to connect with key actors who can link local campaigns and global actions. Several are first time IGF session speakers (Mireia, Keith) and organizers (Leandro, Mireia, David, Toby). Keith from an organisation with an office based in Kenya, Anriette from South Africa, Kemly from Costa Rica, Bakó from Romania, and Pavel from Bulgaria, represent developing countries or countries/regions with weak democratic institutions.

Online Participation: 

- The workshop moderator will have the online participation session open, and will be in close communication with the workshop’s trained online moderator, to make any adaptations necessary as they arise.
- Online attendees will have a separate queue and microphone, which will rotate equally with the mics in the room;
- A shared collaborative web Pad will be open to get comments, questions to discuss, collect notes, links, and share the presentation materials. 
- A Twitter handle will be shared and promoted during, around the days of the activity, with quotes about the topic and participants.

Discussion Facilitation: 

Presenters and participants will share best practices, visionary ideas and make connections that will have direct impact on their work. Two rounds of short interventions at the beginning, one for introductions, another for proposals under the topic of the workshop, will be followed by Q&A and dialogue with the public, focused on identifying lines of action and policy work. A final round among the presenters and moderators about lessons learned (policy actions) to take forward after the meeting, that people can enroll (collecting interest in a paper circulated among the audience) as followup.

Onsite Moderator: 

Gillo Cutrupi

Online Moderator: 

Deborah Brown

Rapporteur: 

David Franquesa

Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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