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Digital Rebound - Why Digitalization Will not Redeem us our Environmental Sins

  title={Digital Rebound - Why Digitalization Will not Redeem us our Environmental Sins},
  author={Vlad C. Coroama and F. Mattern},
Digitalization as a technological phenomenon of the 21st century has the power to redeem most environmental sins of our 20th century technology. This seems to be a popular belief shining through many of the optimistic media reports on digitalization. We believe, however, that this mindset is far too simplistic and counterproductive. The many indirect economic and social effects of digitalization, which turn efficiency gains into increased resource consumption, are often ignored. We discuss… Expand
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Electronic Markets on sustainability
  • R. Alt
  • Computer Science, Business
  • Electron. Mark.
  • 2020


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