How Can Open Source Facilitate a Sustainable Future?

December 02, 2021 | 10.00 GMT
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While technological innovation should be leveraged to help solve the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, according to many commentators the ICT industry is going in the wrong direction on carbon and climate mitigation. For the ICT industry, the answer is in wholly circular, carbon-negative data centres based on the Three Opens of technology (open source software, open hardware and open data). This needs to be inclusive of supply chain scope 3 emissions and it needs to be fully transparent. Many of the organisations that are announcing plans for their own net-zero data centres, are often doing so in silos and in a closed manner which means that processes, insights, and economies of scale are seldomly shared and implemented with all industry constituents in the interest of the collective solution.