Towards post-growth and re-centered ICT

In a nutshell

Most of today's ICT research roadmap implicitly relies on exponential growth assumptions: global mobile data traffic is projected to grow four times by 2025, number of connected devices is expected to double to reach 50 billions by 2050, etc. It might be time for the ICT research community to question those underlying growth assumptions, with sustainability and environmental impacts in mind. On the other hand, it is also time for the community to question the current trends in ICT applications and needs. Do we really want to work on Alexa-enabled smart shower-heads or connected fry pans? In addition to a questionable usefulness and a non-negligible environmental impact when produced at scale, these connected "things" often pose a serious threat to user privacy. Can we steer the ICT research agenda towards a more desirable, human re-centered and sustainable direction?

 

Program of the day

8:45 - 9:30am : Kurtis Heimerl 🇺🇸 (live video-conference)

Talk objectives: implementation of sustainable community cellular networks in rural infrastructures with limited resources, challenges faced when developing such system in harsh conditions, technology repair infrastructures.


9:30 - 10:15am : Rodrigo Martins 🇵🇹 (live video-conference)

Talk objectives: does the electronics of tomorrow rely on alternative developments and designs, materials, processes and research principles? Introduction to your researches presenting alternative electronic paradigms, such as the paper-based transistors.


10:15 - 10:45am : Coffee break

10:45 - 12:00am : Collective work

Objective:  writing new cards and highlighting new connections expanding "La Fresque du Numérique" based on participants' own researches and notions acquired during the week.


12:00 - 12:30am : Céline Verchère 🇨🇦 (live video-conference)

Talk objectives: interaction between technological innovation and social uses, place of multidisciplinarity in the innovation processes.


1:00 - 2:00pm : Lunch time 🥪

2:00 - 4:00pm : Collective workshop (part I) - Tapani Jokinen 🇫🇮 (remote workshop)

Objective: applying eco-design tools and methods in practice (eco-design sprints) : ICT use-case challenge.


4:00 - 4:30pm : Coffee break

4:30 - 5:30pm : Collective workshop (part II) - Tapani Jokinen 🇫🇮 (remote workshop)

Objective: applying eco-design tools and methods in practice (eco-design sprints) : ICT use-case challenge.


5:30 - 6:00pm : Debriefing

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