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Re: Linking what we do to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

From: David Booth <david@dbooth.org>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2023 11:36:53 -0400
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To: public-credentials@w3.org
On 5/9/23 21:31, Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) wrote:
> Admittedly somewhat high-level, here’s a response from Bing Chat:
> Here are some examples of how Internet technologies can contribute to 
> the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
> Goal 1: No Poverty: Digital financial services can help people access 
> financial services and reduce poverty.
> Goal 2: Zero Hunger: ICTs can help farmers improve their yields and 
> reduce food waste.

Those first two goals strike me as particularly clueless.  Historically, 
technology has been a force multiplier that has *increased* the gap 
between rich and poor, and has had devastating effects on farmers who 
become increasingly dependent on the corporations that own the 
technology, and vulnerable to the fluctuations of the global market.

I hope we can find ways to make this technology help reduce poverty, 
hunger and ecological destruction.  But the difference between how a 
technology *could* be used and how it *will* be used -- in a world with 
bad actors and unfettered global capitalism -- is enormous.  The 
ultimate impact can be hard to predict, but I'm very glad that folks are 
thinking about it.

David Booth

> Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being: Telemedicine can help people access 
> healthcare services remotely.
> Goal 4: Quality Education: Online learning platforms can help people 
> access education remotely.
> Goal 5: Gender Equality: ICTs can help women access information and 
> services that promote gender equality.
> Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation: IoT sensors can help monitor water 
> quality and detect leaks in water systems.
> Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy: Smart grids can help manage energy 
> consumption more efficiently.
> Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth: Digital platforms can help 
> connect job seekers with employers.
> Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure: ICTs can help improve 
> infrastructure planning and management.
> Goal 10: Reduced Inequalities: ICTs can help reduce inequalities by 
> providing access to information and services to marginalized communities.
> Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities: Smart city technologies can 
> help improve urban planning and management.
> Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production: IoT sensors can help 
> monitor resource consumption and reduce waste.
> Goal 13: Climate Action: ICTs can help monitor climate change and 
> support climate adaptation efforts.
> Goal 14: Life Below Water: ICTs can help monitor marine ecosystems and 
> support sustainable fishing practices.
> Goal 15: Life On Land: ICTs can help monitor biodiversity and support 
> conservation efforts.
> Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions: ICTs can help promote 
> transparency, accountability, and good governance.
> Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals: ICTs can help facilitate 
> partnerships between governments, civil society organizations, and the 
> private sector.
> It’s easy to imagine the roles that decentralized identifiers, 
> verifiable credentials, secure, trusted, authentic communications, and 
> trusted personal agents will have relative to each of the SDG goals.
> Michael Herman
> Web 7.0
> *From:*Michael Herman (Trusted Digital Web) <mwherman@parallelspace.net>
> *Sent:* Tuesday, May 9, 2023 2:13 PM
> *To:* public-credentials (public-credentials@w3.org) 
> <public-credentials@w3.org>
> *Subject:* Linking what we do to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals 
> (SDGs)
> I was asked this question this morning:
>   * How does XYZ Internet technology contribute to the UN's Sustainable
>     Development Goals (SDGs)? …and if so, which ones and how?
> In CCG, we work on a lot of different things …how would you answer the 
> above question?  …have you seen any previous (good) answers to these 
> questions?
> Best regards,
> Michael Herman
> Web 7.0 Foundation
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