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Blinded by data: The risks of the implicit focus on data in ICT for Sustainability
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Media Technology. KTH Royal Institute of Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0224-4960
2014 (English)In: ICT4S, Atlantis Press , 2014, 148-154 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Sustainability is a normative concept, building on ideas such as justice, equity and responsibility, and based on human culture and society. Computers, internet, and the technologies that are central in our network society embed also normative values and are part of a cultural context. But the work looking at computer technologies and sustainability has been mostly oriented towards either calculating the impact of technology or using technology as a tool for solving practical problems. ICT is seen as a neutral system to be used or study, while the more normative aspects are mostly overlooked. This paper explores some of the problems arising from these overlooked normative values, such as focusing only on quantifiable problems while forgetting other aspects that may be as important but not easy to put in numbers, or trusting too much in numbers while hiding assumption and model choices. This paper suggests that more critical reflection on these questions is needed in the research area, as well as developing more connections with existing research on these topics in more traditional disciplines.

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Atlantis Press , 2014. 148-154 p.
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Advances in Computer Science Research, ISSN 2352-538X
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Media Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-42189DOI: 10.2991/ict4s-14.2014.18Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84928036611ISBN: 978-94-62520-22-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-42189DiVA: diva2:802331
Conference
The 2nd international conference ICT for Sustainability, ICT4S 2014, Stockholm in August 24-27 2014
Available from: 2015-04-12 Created: 2015-04-12 Last updated: 2016-12-16Bibliographically approved

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