Digital technologies require material resources — such as metals and plastics — to realize form and function, yet, the materiality of digital technologies is all too often invisible. This UW Tech Policy Lab project takes up this issue by investigating the materiality of near and longer-term technology visions and exploring tech policy directions responsive to considerations of materiality.
What Pushes Back from Considering Materiality in IT?
An interdisciplinary team of computer scientists, information scientists, and planners explores the invisible environmental impacts of digital technologies in this essay, presenting some ideas on the forces that either de-emphasize or even actively push against considering these impacts. This essay was presented at Fourth Workshop on Computing within Limits (LIMITS 2018).Research Paper