Speakers stress for technology to mainstream marginalized segments
HYDERABAD: Speakers were of the consensus in their keynote speeches and technical presentations when they asserted that modern-day digital technology development should be guided by a holistic approach significantly reducing, if not ciphering harm to men and environment and covering the marginalized.
They stated this on Monday during ‘International Consultative Forum on Information and Communication Technology for Development: Mainstreaming the Marginalized’ organized by Area Study Centre Far east and Southeast Asia, University of Sindh, Jamshoro.
The Vice Chancellor University of Sindh Prof. Dr. Fateh Muhammad Burfat in his presidential address said that technology could be boon or a bane, depending how men utilized it. He opined that life in today’s fast-paced digital era would not even be conceivable. “Yet it should not mean we develop those innovations in total disregard to climatic conditions and how those developments impacted mankind, especially those who lived on socio-economic peripheries and below the poverty line”, Dr. Burfat observed.
He congratulated the Director FESEA Prof. Dr. Mukesh Kumar Khatwani and the Centre team on successfully organizing the international forum on a highly significant theme.
Keynote speaker and author of 15 books Dr. Tim Unwin who was also the Professor from Royal Holloway University London, United Kingdom in his presentation on “Digital Technology and Climate Change” said that in the essential big picture in terms of digital development; environment, climate and especially world marginalized communities were broadly ignored.
“Earlier, 8 Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) and 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) have not only been delivered but have tended to neglect humans and environment; as 14 of those goals are about economic development and the other 3 for other aspects”, Dr. Unwin opined.
He said that the digital technology development had, by and large, brought humanity and climate more harm than profit; arguing that redundancy and reinforcement in cellular technology innovation, use, supply and demand, electricity-intensive expansion-scale, cell-phone change frequency among users and round-the-clock internet utilization had stressed the electricity demand to an unbelievably excessive level on one hand; and had rendered a handful rich while millions poor; for electricity use and strain had shrunk rare minerals resource base on the earth.
Among others, Julius Sweetland, Shakila Yasmin, Prof. Shahid Memon and Prof. Dr. M.K. Khatwani presented papers in the two technical sessions that followed. The forum also featured open-floor discussion, interactive mind-map-generation and wrap-up. – APP