Chapter 1

Green ICT: History, Agenda, and Challenges Ahead

Mohammad Dastbaz    Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK

Keywords

Industrial revolution

Information communications technologies

Internet

Integrated circuit

Sustainable ICT

Big data

Cloud computing

Introduction

The dawn of the Industrial Revolution and the growth of machine-based industries changed the face of our planet for good. While Charles Dickens darkly depicted poverty, disease-ridden cities, and squalid living conditions in Great Expectations, the replacement of the farming/cottage-type production industry with large factories changed Britain's skylines in the 18th century and signaled the beginnings of monumental change and innovation in addition to immense scientific discoveries. ...

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