2020 - Technology, the environment and a sustainable world: Responses from the global South

The world is facing an unprecedented climate and environmental emergency. Scientists have identified human activity as primarily responsible for the climate crisis, which together with rampant environmental pollution, and the unbridled activities of the extractive and agricultural industries, pose a direct threat to the sustainability of life on this planet.

This edition of Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) seeks to understand the constructive role that technology can play in confronting the crises. It disrupts the normative understanding of technology being an easy panacea to the planet’s environmental challenges and suggests that a nuanced and contextual use of technology is necessary for real sustainability to be achieved. A series of thematic reports frame different aspects of the relationship between digital technology and environmental sustainability from a human rights and social justice perspective, while 46 country and regional reports explore the diverse frontiers where technology meets the needs of both the environment and communities, and where technology itself becomes a challenge to a sustainable future.

Press release

Themes: 

Thematic Reports

Regional Reports

Country Reports

  • Nodo TAU
  • Queensland University of Technology and Deakin University
  • Bytesforall Bangladesh
  • POPDEV Bénin
  • Instituto de Pesquisa em Direito e Tecnologia do Recife (IP.rec)
  • Intervozes - Coletivo Brasil de Comunicação Social
  • Brazilian Association for Digital Radio (ABRADIG)
  • PROTEGE QV
  • Colnodo
  • Mesh Bukavu
  • Cooperativa Sulá Batsú
  • Internet Society (ISOC) – Ethiopia Chapter
  • Centre for Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
  • Digital Empowerment Foundation
  • Spoken Tutorial, IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India and BAIF Development Research Foundation, Pune, India
  • Global Voices Indonesia
  • Eurovisioni
  • Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet
  • The American University of Beirut Nature Conservation Center
  • EMPOWER, SHEMSI
  • Tecnológico de Monterrey/Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Sursiendo
  • Centre for Information and Technology Development (CITAD)
  • African Centre for Climate Actions and Rural Development
  • Sindh Community Foundation
  • IPANDETEC
  • StrawberryNet Foundation and Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania, Romania
  • The Ocean Project Seychelles, Seaweed Seychelles and Sustainability for Seychelles
  • eReuse, LaKalle, Pangea
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Feminist Leadership and Mobilization on the Edge (FLAME)
  • Hun Consultancy
  • Space for Giants
  • Yale Law School
  • Latin American School of Networks Foundation (EsLaRed)
  • Independent research consultant