ICT4S 2020 PANELS
Panel 1, Tuesday 23 Jun 13:30-15:00 (GMT+1)
DIGITALISATION AND (GLOBAL) EQUITY: WHO BENEFITS, WHO LOSES?
Since the beginning of the internet, there has been great hope in the disruptive potential of digitalisation. Through the anonymity of communication, the boundaries e.g. between men and women were to be dissolved, identities were to be chosen and no longer tied to gender or skin colour. Information and education could be accessed by all – new cooperations and linkages could be forged. In the field of international cooperation, much emphasis has been placed on the enabling potentials of ICT for socio-economic development in the Global South.
But while these stories of global digital enablement continue to be told and manifest in various ways, new forms of disadvantage, divides and even imperialist structures have also emerged: The extraction of raw materials, production and disposal of digital devices takes mostly place in the Global South along with massive violations of both occupational health and safety and human rights as well as the natural environment. The beneficial parties of digitalisation, however, are mostly located in the Global North (e.g. Apple, Amazon, Alphabet, Microsoft…). Besides, the accessibility to digital services is very unequal and the digital divide seems to increase further - both from a global and a local perspective. ← Program Outline
Panel 2, Wednesday 24 Jun 13:30-15:00 (GMT+1)
SKILLS SHORTAGES FOR TRANSITION TO SMART LOCAL ENERGY SYSTEMS
In order to realise successful transition to clean, smart local energy systems we need to ensure that the right skills and training are provided to the current/future energy system workers. This panel will discuss what lessons could we learn from current or recent transition projects, how would one go about identifying which skills will be required in the medium-term future, and what kind of training should be provided, by whom and to whom to support such skills development, as well as what roles do various energy systems stakeholders have in such a transition and training provision? ← Program Outline
Panel 3, Thursday 25 Jun 13:30-15:00 (GMT+1)
USING ICT FOR SUSTAINABILITY: CHALLENGING ACTIVISM, ACADEMIA AND INDUSTRY TO WORK TOGETHER
In this panel, we aim to bring together representatives from different sectors to explore how we do - or do not - work effectively together towards a sustainable future, how we can better join forces, and how ICT can help us work better for sustainability. With the recent growth in eco-activism globally, how should academia and industry respond and acknowledge popular opinion? What are the most effective ways of ensuring that the interdisciplinary approaches implicit in the ICT4S approach are continued into industry outcomes and supported by policy. Does industry and research pursue advances in tech and competitive edge over thoughtful and environmentally sustainable outcomes? And if so, how can this be turned around for maximum benefit to the planet? How can activists draw on ICT to strengthen their actions for sustainability? This panel will be about bringing a range of perspectives together to challenge assumptions about how we work together and do/or do not utilise ICT tools. ← Program Outline