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Is the Internet Is An Energy Hog? It Isn’t

August 21, 2013 by Joseph Romm
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For 14 years scientists have been debunking a myth created by the coal industry that the Internet is an energy hog. In fact, not only is it true that the Internet not an energy hog, it quite often saves energy through dematerialization and substitution.[read more]

Energy Efficiency: Home Internet Devices Use Enough to Power Silicon Valley

June 25, 2013 by Stephen Lacey
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Home Internet Energy

Although appliances and consumer electronics are getting more efficient, they still represent about 35 percent of the energy consumed in U.S. homes. And it's not just the big appliances using up energy.[read more]

The Growing Energy Needs of the Internet

November 16, 2012 by Jennifer Robinson

The Internet is immensely huge; it's 2.4 billion users strong, in fact. And it's still growing extremely fast. By 2016, the Internet will contain 4 times as much data as it does today. Now the internet uses 30 billion watts per year. What will it need tomorrow?[read more]

Charting Smartgrid's Macro Trends

October 6, 2011 by Amelia Timbers
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This is my final post from the now concluded Gridweek 2011.Anto Budiardjo, a TEC blogger, is the CEO of Clasma Events, which puts on the United States’ key trio of smartgrid events: Gridweek, Connectivity Week, Grid-Interop and next year, Gridweek Asia. Budiardjo has been in smartgrid since the dawn of the industry, moving into it...[read more]

Tackling Denial About The Government's Role In Technology Innovation

September 23, 2011 by Alex Trembath
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I recently engaged in a discussion with David Zetland, a former economics professor of mine, on the value of public investment in technology (NB: I feel authorized to re-publish his and my comments because they were originally published on his public blog). It's worth noting that his blog, Aguanomics, is spectacular and I enjoy reading...[read more]

Why I love Google

January 14, 2010 by Marc Gunther
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Let me count the reasons why I love Google: its speedy search engine, the oodles of free storage on Gmail, Google Maps that get me where I need to go, YouTube for video sharing and time-wasting and Google Analytics, to obsess over my blog readership. But seriously folks—Google’s decision this week to withdraw from China, rather than...[read more]

Costs of running communication networks about to tumble?

January 12, 2010 by Tom Raftery

Photo credit IronRodArt I saw a report on the Green Data Center Blog today that a new industry group called GreenTouch has been formed with the express aim of reducing the amount of energy communications networks (including the Internet) use. In fact their Global Mission is to, by 2015: deliver the architecture, specifications...[read more]

War is Peace, indeed

January 4, 2010 by Lou Grinzo

Lawrence M. Krauss asks some very uncomfortable questions in his Scientific American column, War Is Peace: Can Science Fight Media Disinformation? (emphasis added): When I saw the statement repeated online that theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking of the University of Cambridge would be dead by now if he lived in the U.K. and had to...[read more]

Privacy and the emerging smart grid: lessons from the Internet

November 18, 2009 by Tyler Hamilton

My good friend Ann Cavoukian, Ontario’s privacy commissioner, has co-authored a new report that highlights the potential privacy breaches that could result as we move toward a smart grid infrastructure, one that will certainly have dozens of applications layered on top with the capability of capturing information about how and when we...[read more]

Will “.eco” help change the world? Gore and Gorby think so

August 5, 2009 by Tyler Hamilton

I have a short article about efforts to establish dot-eco as a new top-level domain as ICANN, the regulatory body in charge of the Internet’s addressing system, prepares to accept proposals early next year. Two groups have so far expressed a desire to become the official registry for dot-eco — one group, based in California, is Dot Eco...[read more]

Step It UP! and the Power of the Click

October 16, 2007 by Jesse Jenkins

[From ItsGettingHotInHere.org:]Check out this recent op-ed in the L.A. Times by Bill McKibben on the internet, politics, and Step It Up 2007. The weekend of Power Shift 07, we're using the internet to get politicians back into communities around the country and asking for their plan to stop global warming - what other ways can our...[read more]