Friday, November 23, 2007

Pervasive Technology for Environmental Sustainability

A workshop on Pervasive Persuasive Technology and Environmental Sustainability is to be held at the 6th International Conference on Pervasive Computing, 2008, May 19-22, Sydney, Australia. Pervasive computing is also called Ubiquitous computing:

From the Call for participation:

The key theme of this workshop around environmental sustainability will be addressed threefold:

  1. Providing people with environmental data and educational information – via mass communications such as film, TV and print and new media, ­or micro communications such as pervasive sensor networks...
  1. Pervasiveness can easily turn invasive. It has already caused negative consequences in biological settings (e.g., algae in lakes and oceans, kudzu vine in the southeastern US, rabbits and cane toads in Australia). Pervasive can be a dangerous term when the ecological impacts are disregarded. ...
  1. Addressing the 21st century Digital Divide: The mass uptake of pervasive technology brings about digitally networked and augmented societies; however, access is still not universal. Castells and others use the notion of the ‘digital divide’ to account for those whose voices are not heard by this technology. ...

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