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Internet Technology and Urban Sustainability

Foth, Marcus, Satchell, Christine, Brereton, Margot, & Choi, Jaz Hee-jeong (2008) Internet Technology and Urban Sustainability. In IR 9.0: Rethinking Communities, Rethinking Place - Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) conference, Oct 15-18, 2008, Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Abstract

Environmental conservation and anthropogenic climate change are issues which can no longer be ignored by any government, industry or academic community. However, compared to the rapid rate at which internet technology has been developed and integrated into everyday life for the past few decades, efforts to improve the ecological situation via such technologies have by and large remained inchoate. This paper seeks to identify nascent opportunities for sustainability that can be amplified, augmented or realised via internet technology. Three main aspects of significance coalesce in this paper’s discussion: participatory culture, internet technology, real-time information. We draw on these three research themes in order to inform an exploration of what can be done to better meet the needs of urban users as they try to embrace a more environmentally friendly lifestyle. The insights can then guide the design and development of usable and useful information interfaces and feedback mechanisms as well as persuasive and motivational approaches to help the urban user achieve their goal.

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ID Code: 14723
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: urban informatics, human, computer interaction, new media, mobile communication, urban computing, interaction design, social networking, environmental sustainability, green HCI
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified (200199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Urban Sociology and Community Studies (160810)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Computer-Human Interaction (080602)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architecture not elsewhere classified (120199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (050000) > OTHER ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES (059900) > Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified (059999)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > AGRICULTURAL AND VETERINARY SCIENCES (070000) > AGRICULTURE LAND AND FARM MANAGEMENT (070100) > Sustainable Agricultural Development (070108)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 (The authors)
Copyright Statement: This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License - http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
Deposited On: 04 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2012 09:43

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