Information and communications technology (ICT) use is increasing worldwide since ICT has become a significant mechanism for researching, searching, communication, entertainment, shopping, information, and more. However, recycling of ICT end-products is becoming a major dilemma for individuals and organizations. This is not simply a matter of being concerned about environmental damage or providing a solution to an environmental problem; it is a problem that should concern all of us. Indeed, a contemporary society should tackle and address such a problem and address it as a matter of urgency for the sake of the current and future stakeholders around the world. To address this problem, an online survey conducted in Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, India, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, UK, and USA to examine sustainability awareness, and risk, sustainable design and introduce the New Participative Methodology for Sustainable Design (NPMSD). The survey outcomes confirmed the feasibility and value of the sustainable design step, and the online survey participants confirmed that through education and awareness, designers would learn more about sustainability and sustainable design. Finally, Human beings have been responsible for most of the damage done to the natural environment. The problems created by humans must be tackled immediately and effectively so that the seventh generation can enjoy the same lifestyle as we do. Unfortunately, there is no Plan B for our planet (Issa, Isaias 2022).
Dr. Tomayess Issa Is a Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Business and Law – Curtin University/Australia. Tomayess completed her doctoral research in Web development and Human Factors. As an academic, she is also interested in establishing teaching methods and styles to enhance the students’ learning experiences and resolve problems that students face. Tomayess is a Conference and Program Co-Chair of the IADIS International Conference on Internet Technologies and Society and IADIS International Conference on International Higher Education. Furthermore, she initiated the IADIS conference for Sustainability, Green IT and Education. Currently, she conducts research locally and globally in Human-Computer Interaction, Usability, Social Networking, Sustainability, Sustainable Design, Green IT, Cloud Computing and Teaching and Learning. Tomayess published her work in several peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, papers and research reports and participated in local and global conferences. Tomayess Issa was a coordinator in the International research network (IRNet-EU (Jan2014 – Dec 2017)) to study and develop new tools and methods for advanced pedagogical science in the field of ICT instruments, e-learning and intercultural competences. Tomayess Issa is a senior research member of ISRLAb (Information Society Research Lab) from International Association for Development of the Information Society. Finally, Tomayess supervised PhD, Master of Phil and Master Dissertations; and she received Curtin Guild Awards for her teaching and supervision. In 2017, she received the overall winner Student Guild Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Excellence 2017 Award for university-wide. Tomayess received 2021 Green Gown Awards Australasia -Next Generation Learning and Skills – Highly Commended to the Green Information Technology and Sustainability unit.
“Innovative technologies and trends in the Digital Society”
By Prof. Pedro Isaias, Information Systems & Technology Management School, The University of New South Wales, Australia
As the digital society matures it is shaped by the unprecedented swiftness at which technology and innovation evolves and the ubiquitousness of digital technologies in all areas of society. The digitalisation of society is becoming more inclusive and more focused on sustainability to ensure that progress is all-encompassing and viable. As the benefits of an evolved digital society become more evident, concerns such as bridging the digital divide, creating awareness about misinformation/disinformation, ensuring the affordability of technology and promoting the development of digital skills assume an even greater importance. This talk will focus on the contribution that innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, internet of things and 5G are making toward the advancement of the digitalisation of society, with a critical stance that examines the benefits as well as their challenges. In addition, it will discuss the current technological trends transforming key areas like smart cities, e-health, e-learning, digital marketing and e-government and reflect about inclusivity and the future of the digital society.
Prof. Pedro Isaias is affiliated with the Information Systems & Technology Management School of The University of New South Wales (UNSW – Sydney), Australia. Previously he taught at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. Before moving to Australia, he served at the Universidade Aberta (Portuguese Open University) in Lisbon, Portugal, where he was responsible for several courses and director of the master degree program in Management / MBA. Pedro was director of the master degree program in Electronic Commerce and Internet for 10 years.
Prof. Pedro Isaias holds a PhD in Information Management (in the specialty of information and decision systems) from the New University of Lisbon. Author of several books, book chapters, papers and research reports, all in the information systems area, he has headed several conferences and workshops within the mentioned area. He has also been responsible for the scientific coordination of several EU funded research projects. He is also member of the editorial board of several journals and program committee member of several conferences and workshops. Currently he conducts research activity related to MIS in general, and more specifically Learning Technologies, Data Analytics, Business Intelligence, Digital Transformation, e-Business and WWW related areas.