with today’s smartphone manufacturing, the course looks at the increasing deteriora-tion of the digital on the environmental , and the concept of « attention economy », namely how can we lessen our digital dependency and regain control of our digital usages.
We will start by analyzing the digital environmental footprint before discussing the digital sobriety principles, by defining the « IT for green » policy in regard to sobrie-ty at the heart of social and economic issues.
he social and economic challenges at stake for the digital business imply a systemic approach. The responsibility of corporate players in the digital economy is immense as we consider their social and societal negative externalities.
In fact, this systemic approach is clearly illustrated within the 17 Sustainable deve-lopment goals defined by the UN to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Here we consider prosperity in regard with digital economy. As an example, the course focuses on gender equality to demonstrate why it is a key principle for a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. With this in mind, companies and citizens must act as huge promoters for gender balance and women empowerment
This global approach compels companies to rethink their business-models to build more sustainable business models and meet young generations‘ expectations. New business models comprehension is a key issue as companies must consider innova-tion as a tool but not as a purpose.
For society as a whole, redefining progress to trigger new citizen behaviors is crucial, for example, the environmentally-friendly method-based on the « 5 R » can be applied to the digital economy.
In sum, this course will help students embrace a broader perspective in order to, po-tentially, commit to a more sustainable world. We also recommend the research work carried out by Bruno Latour, a renowned French sociologist, anthropologist and science philosopher, the artistic approach of Tomas Saraceno and the work of Cynthia Fleury, one of the most talented French philosophers, addressing the ethics of courage as a fundamental principle of society to enable citizens, social and eco-nomic players to work together for the two-fold digital and ecological transitions.
The course aims to build awareness of the ecological footprint of digital business to enable engineers to address the twofold digital and ecological transition both at a personnel and professional level.
At the end of the course, students will have acquired the following skills to en-able them to:
Master the key digital transformation’ characteristics
Understand the ecological impact of the digital economy and of its components
Master the digital sobriety principles, such as Green IT, or IT for Green
Decode the « attention economy » trends on digital platforms
Master the systemic scope of both digital and ecological transitions
Understand the significance of gender equality in the transition of digital towards ecological
Master the concept of regenerative companies
Master the 5R based-method from a digital perspective
Expand philosophical and artistic knowledge and act
Grading : in-class collective workshops