The ICT ecosystem

In a nutshell

ICT, as general purposes technologies, are given a critical place in industrialised countries. They influence our ecosystem in a variety of fields ranging from economy, finance, farming, environmental monitoring, medicine, hobbies, social interactions, just to name a few. In return, the high expectations about their increasing efficiency and impacts are pushing towards more integration within our societies. However, due to its own footprint and due to rebound effects, ICT has to be developed together with economic models and policies that fit with the alarming socio-environmental context. Indeed, current economic models and policies seem disconnected from environmental realities, leading to ever increasing energy demands and impacts. It is therefore critical to transition towards alternatives tools, models and theories accounting for those limitations and focusing on the challenges of our generation.


Program of the day

8:45 - 9:30am : Thierry Ngosso 🇨🇲🇨🇭 (live video-conference)

Talk objectives: from an ethical and public policy point of view : needs and impacts of ICT in our modern world, rights to the broadening access to ICT technologies and related impacts in sub-region and Africa more broadly - possible link with acceptable/unacceptable pollution (WEEE - electronic wastes) ?

9:30 - 10:15am : Philippe de Leener 🇧🇪

Talk objectives: interdependence between technical research and impacts on society, technologies to drive to people-oriented synergies, utility-for-society economic systems and generalized "thoughtfulness".

10:15 - 10:45am : Coffee break

10:45 - 11:30am : Karel Van Acker 🇧🇪

Talk objectives: circular economy to face issues due to minerals used as the material basis of ICT : how circular economy could allow to reach improved environmental and economic features through more sustainable business models.

11:30am - 12:15pm : Benjamin Sprecher 🇳🇱 (live video-conference)

Talk objectives: methodologies for economic (supply and demand) and sustainability assessment of metals in ICT, potential of the circular economy, dealing with the rebound effect.

12:15 - 1:00pm : Eric Vidalenc 🇫🇷

Talk objectives: the digital transition for energy transition?

1:00 - 2:00pm : Lunch time 🥪

2:00 - 2:30pm : Guillaume Pitron 🇫🇷 (pre-recorded video-conference)

Talk objectives: revealing the silent consequences of digital transition.

2:30 - 4:00pm : Collective work

Objective: survey of the book "The rare metals war: the hidden face of the energy and digital transformation" written by Guillaume Pitron.

4:00 - 4:30pm : Coffee break

4:30 - 5:30pm : Eric Pirard 🇧🇪

Talk objectives: critical opinion on collective work conclusions from a geologist point of view.

5:30 - 6:00pm : Debriefing

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