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      1 <https://walkerart.org/magazine/low-tech-magazine-kris-de-decker>
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      3 > The average internet/bandwidth speed in 2007 was approximately 3.5
      4 > mbps.
      5 >
      6 > [...]
      7 >
      8 > Internet speeds today are five times faster, leading to increased
      9 > bandwidth usage, which consequently increases energy consumption.
     10 >
     11 > [...]
     12 >
     13 >
     14 > **So if you innovate and the result is some technology that increases
     15 > energy use by a factor of 20, then maybe that innovation is not so
     16 > innovative after all**, and that’s a big thing. What we call
     17 > “innovation” these days usually results in something that uses more
     18 > energy. There’s nothing wrong with innovation, but you can also
     19 > innovate without constantly increasing the energy use, and I think
     20 > that’s where we should be heading to, to take that into account
     21 > also.
     22 >
     23 > [...]
     24 >
     25 > So that’s a bit of what we’re trying to show. It doesn’t mean that
     26 > making it use less energy makes it become less attractive. You can
     27 > do both things at the same time, but it needs a lot of thinking,
     28 > and, yeah, innovation.
     29 >
     30 > [...]
     31 >
     32 > The only difference is that you innovate with the energy use in
     33 > mind, and then you can go a very long way. It’s not constrained just
     34 > to websites, it has to do with many other technologies as well.
     35 >
     36 > [...]
     37 >
     38 > people are confusing energy efficiency with lower energy use or
     39 > energy savings. These are very different things. Something that’s
     40 > extremely visible on the internet is that making everything more
     41 > efficient (like a data center) doesn’t necessarily result in less
     42 > energy use; it just results in more data traffic.
     43 >
     44 > [...]
     45 >
     46 > first thing that needs to happen is that people need to become aware
     47 > of the fact that the internet uses energy.
     48 >
     49 > [...]
     50 >
     51 > That’s, I think, one of the greatest challenges of our time: how are
     52 > we going to find an acceptable way to limit things? Things like the
     53 > internet?
     54 >
     55 > [...]
     56 >
     57 > Wireless traffic through 3G uses 15 times more energy than WiFi,
     58 > while 4G consumes 23 times more.
     59 >
     60 > [...]
     61 >
     62 > in some developing countries, internet networks are not always
     63 > on. They are indeed intermittent, because they work with solar
     64 > panels. Every internet node has a solar panel, and the data only
     65 > gets from one node to another if there is sun. Your email might take
     66 > three days to arrive, depending on the weather. So you can adapt
     67 > basically anything to an intermittent energy supply.
     68 >
     69 > [...]
     70 >
     71 > It’s not fun to be on the internet anymore, at least not like it
     72 > used to be, in the sense that these days, you open a website, you
     73 > get a cookie warning, then you get some privacy thing that you have
     74 > to click away, then you get the newsletter, then you get the ads in
     75 > your face
     76 >
     77 > [...]
     78 >
     79 > If you want the solution, just look to the past and you will find
     80 > it. And indeed, even if the history of web design is much shorter
     81 > than all the other technologies, again, this grew old in the sense
     82 > that you just look back 20 years, and you find a solution in the
     83 > static website. Like with many other things, you can improve it
     84 > because now we have the static site generators which makes the use
     85 > of the static websites easier. We just have to go back to the basics
     86 > of web design and see where we come from, and then it becomes clear
     87 > pretty quickly that all these things we put on top of it are just
     88 > not really necessary.
     89 >
     90 > [...]
     91 >
     92 > Also, it saves a lot of costs that would be associated with
     93 > traffic. I would get in trouble if it were hosted through a company
     94 > because we easily take 40,000 visitors a day on this little blog
     95 > here in my living room.
     96 >
     97 > [...]
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