Why we need to redesign Internet to make it sustainable (EN)
10-02, 16:10–17:10 (Europe/Berlin), DELPHI
Language: English

The digital environmental footprint grows in an unsustainable way because of the business models of the dominant players , i.e. the GAFAMS/BATX and their derivatives (Netflix, TikTok etc..). Making digital sustainable again is not compatible with digital superpowers and calls for a transition to alternate business models designed for sustainability.

Presentation and discussion of the main results of a study to be published in Q4 2022 that should lead to redefining the terms of the debate about digital sustainability.
This study shows that more than 50% of the growth of the digital affluence is due to a very small number of companies and this leads to two conclusions which should help reposition the debate on digital sustainability:
- it is key to focus public policies on these companies to have them change their business models and to prevent those to become the norm in a fast digitalizing economy,
- doing this will give space for a redesign of the digital ecosytem for sustainability

Hugues Ferreboeuf, 60, has been an executive in the information technology sector; he joined the think tank The Shift Project (*) in 2016 to work on digital sustainability and he is a D4S expert.Just in time for the Bits & Bäume 2022, he will publish the brand new report "DIGITAL RESET. REDIRECTING TECHNOLOGIES FOR THE DEEP SUSTAINABILITY TRANSFORMATION" together with 15 other international experts. This report is the outcome of a two-year science-policy dialogue (https://digitalization-for-sustainability.com/) and presents a comprehensive analysis of opportunities, risks, governance options and specific policies how to make digitalization work for social and environmental sustainability.

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