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Rethinking sustainability in computing: From buzzword to non-negotiable limits
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Media Technology and Interaction Design, MID. KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC), Centres, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Centres, Centre for Sustainable Communications, CESC.
2014 (English)In: Proceedings of the NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational, 2014, 638-647 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Recent years have seen a flurry of work on sustainable computing and sustainable HCI, but it is unclear whether this body of work adheres to a meaningful definition of sustainability. In this paper, we review four interlocking frameworks that together provide a rigorous foundation for what constitutes sustainability. Each consecutive framework both builds upon and can loosely be seen as a refinement of the previous framework. More specifically, we leverage prominent ecological thinking from outside of computer science to inform what sustainability means in the context of computing. To this end, we re-evaluate some recent results from the field of sustainable HCI and offer thoughts on further research in the field.

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2014. 638-647 p.
Keyword [en]
Collapse informatics, Critical reflection, Ecological footprint, Ecological sustainability, Environmental sustainability, Limits to growth, Steady-state economy, Sustainability, Sustainable development, Sustainable HCI, Ecology, Economics, Human computer interaction, Critical reflections, Informatics
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Information Systems, Social aspects Computer Systems
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-167537DOI: 10.1145/2639189.2639228ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84911378008ISBN: 1595930361ISBN: 9781450325424OAI: diva2:819325
8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, NordiCHI 2014, 26 October 2014 through 30 October 2014

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Available from: 2015-06-10 Created: 2015-05-22 Last updated: 2015-06-10Bibliographically approved

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