On monday I'm presenting a paper on solar.lowtechmagazine.com during the 'Computing within #Limits' conference.

In the paper I'm describing the design choices we made, such as designing for unavailability and how they were based on reducing a few key metrics such as data transferred, calculations per request and use of third party services. This opens up a way of thinking about #degrowth and ICT. We should be looking in to that waaaay more.

The paper also tries to implicitly answer the 'how do we do sustainable web design?' question and argues aiming for reduction (of bytes transferred, computation and infra required) as useful rule of thumbs guiding a design. That is to say, solar protocols, 'low tech look', 3.5MB dithered images, green CDNs etc ain't it.

However, it also self-criticizes solar.lowtechmagazine.com for the fact that it is so unreproducible and a very limited and 'easy' use case. So yeah no answer but thinking through degrowth should definitely be considered as the direction of the answer..

computingwithinlimits.org/2021

@l03s is also presenting about the terminology around practices of making alternative computing infrastructures which think about #energy and #ecology. What have they been called historically, what have they been called in academia and more interestingly, what have they been called in grass roots technology practices?

Her paper "has the goal of making the many counter narratives to the one of green capitalism visible, show the differences and similarities between them, create bridges between different fields and contexts and demonstrate the wealth this diversity of practices, and the thinking that informs them, brings"

She used a poll on mastodon and the subsequent discussion (post.lurk.org/@l03s/1057133321) as a way to surface the terms and she discusses some of them: #permacomputing #smalltechnology #lowtech and appropriate technology.

The paper really centers the diversity of approaches and the existence of alternatives not just by mentioning but also engaging with them. @viznut, @neauoire, and @calcifer are mentioned as are #gemini #LTM and #solarpunk.

The paper is useful for those that want an overview of current discussions on the topic because it points to the many places and ways these discussions take place.

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@rra @l03s @viznut @neauoire @calcifer did u forgot the mayans? more than 500 yrs ago... they built amazing technology to deal with nature... way different than the western world.

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