|Research Purpose: Perform an initial estimation of the sustainability of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) connectivity systems like the ones that will be used for widespread internet coverage in deprived periurban/rural areas, including both direct and indirect sustainability impact. Direct impacts are those associated with the infrastructure of the ICT network, while indirect impacts include the consequential environmental, economic, and social impacts of the way people do things as transformed by the incorporation of internet access and connectivity technologies. Research Description: Direct sustainability impacts of ICT systems include elements such as fabrication and distribution of infrastructure, operational maintenance of that infrastructure, and end-of-life disposal and recycling considerations. Direct impacts can be evaluated using established Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodologies. Indirect sustainability impacts of ICT systems can be evaluated via a consequential approach by first projecting ?life? scenarios resulting from ICT deployment and connectivity, followed by evaluation along environmental, economic, and social impact axes. First-order indirect effects can be evaluated via an attributional LCAmethodology. Higher-order effects (e.g., changes to economic growth, population migration, production patterns, etc.) can be evaluated via analytic tools such as Environmental Extended Input Output (EEIO) when translated into economic and environmental indicators. Indirect sustainability impacts also include sustainability of the society its communities as modified by introduction of ICT. These transformations can be evaluated along the axes of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as defined by the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Further detail for this research project is given within the proposal ?Sustainability of ICT Systems for Internet Coverage in Peri-Urban/Rural Areas Around the World?
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