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1. Freedom of Expression

    a. Online information and disinformation
    b. Online debates and criticisms

2. ICT as a dilemma

As seen in section 2, the versatility of ICT does not merely stop at empowering people at work, education and personal living; the appropriate harnessing of the power of ICT would aid in reducing carbon gas emissions into the atmosphere. However, it has also been reported that the intense use of the Internet has contributed to 5.3% of the world's energy consumption while ICT in general is responsible for around 2.5% of the world's Greenhouse gases emissions 1. In addition, the ICT industry's own carbon footprint is predicted to grow at 6% annually and double by 2020 due to greater uptake of technology in China and India, the two economic powerhouses, as well as the rest of the world 2.

3. Inability of ICT to stand as an independent solution

ICT needs to be complemented with other solutions or measures to improve and support its role in fighting climate change.

   a. Support by environmental organisation, communities and governmental authorities
   b. Research and implementation of other Science and Technology


1 ITU.(2008). ITU and Climate Change. Retrieved on November 9th, from
2 GeSI.(2008). SMART 2020: Enabling the Low Carbon Economy in the Information Age. Retrieved on November 9th, from

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