Green Tech & Sustainability

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    Evolving Procurement for Artificial Intelligence Systems in Cities and Beyond

    As Artificial Intelligence Systems (AIS) technology is increasingly sourced from private companies for public use, existing procurement standards may fall short in proactively identifying harm or mitigating risks for citizens or users due to timing or budget constraints. Unfortunately, little research and interdisciplinary exchange exists to date on issues pertaining…

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    SDGs and Personal Sovereignty: Digital Trust in the Algorithmic Age

    In the wake of COVID-19, with increased need for location tracking and the sharing of biometric and medical data to combat the pandemic, a dialogue has emerged in governmental, commercial, and civil societies debating the balance between personal privacy and the protection of the public. Calls for personal data sovereignty–the…

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    Announcing the Winner of 2020 Retail Digital Transformation Grand Challenge

    The retail industry is in rapid transformation, accelerated by COVID-19. As consumers expect personalized products and experiences, as well as full transparency to responsible sourcing and sustainable practices, digital product creation (DPC) technologies are emerging as a valuable solution enabling companies to reimagine their business models while advancing both sustainability…

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    Introducing the 2020 World Standards Day Video Contest Winners

    Over the last century, large-scale industrial activities, rapid population growth, urbanization, and inequality have had adverse effects on the earth, our lives, and the well-being of future generations. Sustainable development has become more important than ever, and global standards play a key role in supporting the environmental, social, and economic…

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    WSIS Forum 2020: Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through ICTs

    Information and communication technologies (ICTs) form the backbone of today's digital economy, with an enormous potential to accelerate progress on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and improve people's lives in fundamental ways—from providing access to education resources and healthcare, and fostering digital services and inclusion, to making communities…

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    Enter The 2020 World Standards Day Video Contest To Win A $500 Prize

    Every year on 14 October, IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) joins the international community in celebrating the importance of standards development and honoring the collaboration of individuals and organizations across the globe who drive technological innovation. Our theme for this year’s celebration is “Raising the World’s Standards for the Protection…

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    Advancing Technology for Sustainable Development

    Right alongside sound strategy and nimble resource mobilization, innovative implementation of existing and emerging technologies is one of the essentials of sustainable development worldwide. There is substantial excitement around information and communications technologies (ICTs) and other innovations as valuable tools for achieving so many of the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development…

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    IEEE 7010-2020 Launch Prioritizes Human Well-Being and Environmental Sustainability via Technology

    We are pleased to announce IEEE 7010-2020, Recommended Practice for Assessing the Impact of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems on Human Well-Being has officially published. This is the first of thirteen IEEE 70xx series standards to be published.

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    Raising Standards for Renewables Integration in Ghana

    It started with an interaction at an IEEE conference a little more than a year ago. An engineer from the Electricity Company of Ghana Ltd. stopped by the IEEE Conformity Assessment Program (ICAP) booth. We talked about his country’s energy landscape and goals, and we talked about IEEE standards and…

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    Is There an ICT Commons, and Is Tragedy Inevitable?

    In 1968 the immensely influential article by Garrett Hardin titled “The Tragedy of the Commons”[1] was published. In it, Hardin argued that the result of holding exploitable property in common was that each user had an incentive to use more than their fair share before others did. The result was…

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