Digital Technology and Sustainability


Digital Technology and Sustainability

Engaging the Paradox

Book ‘Digital Technology and Sustainability’ published by the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group. Edited by Mike Hazas, Co-Investigator, Dynamics of Energy, Mobility and Demand (DEMAND) Centre and Lisa Nathan, Assistant Professor, School of Library Archival and Information Studies, University of British Columbia.

The following description is taken from the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group website

This book brings together diverse voices from across the field of sustainable human computer interaction (SHCI) to discuss what it means for digital technology to support sustainability and how humans and technology can work together optimally for a more sustainable future.

Contemporary digital technologies are hailed by tech companies, governments and academics as leading-edge solutions to the challenges of environmental sustainability; smarter homes, more persuasive technologies, and a robust Internet of Things hold the promise for creating a greener world. Yet, deployments of interactive technologies for such purposes often lead to a paradox: they algorithmically “optimize” heating and lighting of houses without regard to the dynamics of daily life in the home; they can collect and display data that allow us to reflect on energy and emissions, yet the same information can cause us to raise our expectations for comfort and convenience; they might allow us to share best practice for sustainable living through social networking and online communities, yet these same systems further our participation in consumerism and contribute to an ever-greater volume of electronic waste. By acknowledging these paradoxes, this book represents a significant critical inquiry into digital technology’s longer-term impact on ideals of sustainability.

Written by an interdisciplinary team of contributors this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of human computer interaction and environmental studies.

Further information about the book including a full table of contents can be accessed via the Routledge Taylor & Francis Group website.

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