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CWG-Internet: Online Open Consultation (October-December 2021)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Topic of Discussion 

The ITU Council Working Group on International Internet-related Public Policy Issues (CWG-Internet) is holding an open consultation on the following topic

The Environmental Impacts and Benefits of the Internet 

What effects does the Internet have on the environment and vice-versa? 
How can we improve the impact the Internet has on the environment and take advantage of its potential to help address climate-related issues? 
What role should stakeholders play in shaping the environmental impacts and benefits of the Internet? 
What are the policy, regulatory and other relevant matters associated with the environmental impacts and benefits of the Internet?    ​

Useful Information and Instructions:

Informa​tion on the Online Open Consultation

​​Online Open Consultations are launched by the CWG-Internet and are held throughout the period between two successive CWG-Internet meetings. This process gives an opportunity to all stakeholders from all nations to express their views with regard to the topic(s) under discussion.​ 

How to submit:  Contributions to this round of Open Consultations can be submitted through the online form available here, where you will also find more detailed guidelines on the submission process. The deadline for responses is 13 December 2021. ​This Online Open Consultation will be followed by a Virtual Meeting - Physical Open Consultation on 11 January 2022. [Note: this meeting is conducted in English only. For more information, please see below.]

Information on the Virtual M​eeting - Physical Open Consultation

Note: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Physical Open Consultation will be held virtually. For additional information and guidelines on registration for the Virtual meeting - Physical Open Consultation​​, please click here.

​​Discussions during the Virtual meeting - Physical Open Consultation​ will be based on the responses received during the Online Open Consultation process, which will be consolidated in a single document ("Compilation Document").

During the virtual meeting, res
pondents to the Online Open Co​nsultation will h​ave the opportunity to present their submitted views and to have a fruitful discussion with the other participants, including Members of the CWG-Internet.​​​

HILL, Richard10/29/2021 6:43 PMSwitzerlandAssociation for Proper Internet Governance
As an OCED report states: “ICTs, including the Internet, are having profound environmental impacts, ...
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JAKOVLJEVIC, Dejan11/12/2021 3:18 PMUNFAO
SUMMARY Environmental sustainability is a global priority and digital technologies, including geosp ...
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HILL, Richard11/20/2021 6:43 PMSwitzerlandAssociation for Proper Internet Governance
While spam does not account for much traffic, it does not appear to provide social or economic benef ...
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SATHNUR, Ashwini11/23/2021 10:58 AMIndiaUnited Nations world food programme CERFAM KEPT
The innovative ideology product solution is titled "Accessibility and inclusive development in the f ...
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OGHIA, Michael J.12/2/2021 8:05 AMGermanySustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance (SDIA)
Digital technologies have a profound impact on the environment, yet is an area that has largely been ...
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JOAO, Santana12/7/2021 1:15 PMPortugalAICEP
ICT has been always seen as an important ally in the global effort against climate changes because o ...
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HILL, Richard12/7/2021 9:16 PMSwitzerlandAssociation for Proper Internet Governance
We present here elements take from the European Green Party report Digital technologies in Europe: A ...
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WANNER, Barbara12/8/2021 6:25 PMUnited StatesUS Council for International Business
The U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB) is pleased to participate in the CWG-Internet’s ...
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GOULDEN, Anna12/9/2021 12:37 PMUnited KingdomDepartment for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Both a vital tool for climate action and a key contributor of greenhouse gas emissions, the Internet ...
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PEÑA, Paz12/10/2021 5:31 PMChileLatin American Institute of Terraforming
According to a November 2021 survey of IPCC scientists, a large majority believe that we are heading ...
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NESTEROVA, Anna12/13/2021 9:37 AMRussian FederationGlobal Rus Trade
Technological development and digitalization, which are huge trends nowadays, have a controversial i ...
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MENSHIKOV, Egeny12/13/2021 11:07 AMRussiaIBIS
Contribution of Intellectual Property in Ecelogical Solutions is very important.
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RAHIMOVA, Elena12/13/2021 11:33 AMRussiaState Corporation "Rostec"
For comments, please, see attached file.
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FOMICHEVA, Ekaterina12/13/2021 2:46 PMRussiaPJSC Rostelecom
Damage to the environment by Internet is defined as all digital activities that generate greenhouse ...
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BLOMBERG, Mikael12/13/2021 3:52 PMSwedenGovernment Offices of Sweden
Governments and policy-makers need to find urgent answers to protect populations already affected b ...
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FELGUERA, Eusebio12/13/2021 9:23 PMEspañaTelefonica S.A.
Digital technologies and services are key for the decarbonization of other sectors. In particular, m ...
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FINNEGAN, shawna12/13/2021 9:56 PMGlobalAssociation for Progressive Communications (APC)
Summary We cannot afford to underestimate the environmental impacts of the internet and digital t ...
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SHASEEB, Mungur12/14/2021 7:59 AMMauritiusMinistry of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation
Dear Sir / Madam, Please find attached the inputs on the Environmental Impacts and Benefits of th ...
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HOLLA-MAINI, Aarti12/14/2021 1:03 PMBelgiumEMEA Satellite Operators Association (ESOA)
The Pandemic provides a good backdrop to the topic of this consultation. With lockdowns across multi ...
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KULESHOV, Andrey12/14/2021 6:37 PMRussian FederationCentre for Global IT Cooperation
Internet, being inherently an information technology, provides the information and decision medium f ...
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