How clean and green is our digital world?

Today’s technology looks so slick and clean as it brings magic to your screen. But behind the scenes, our data comes at a cost, says Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.Your new smartphone, or tablet, or computer looks so shiny and clean. And surely telecommuting, or working from home, must be cleaner in terms of ‘big picture energy consumption’. After all, you’re not burning energy by travelling to an office — you’re sitting at home, not shifting atoms from here to there, just shifting electronic bits.Come on, being digital means we must be changing to a cleaner and greener economy?Well, it all depends on how we run our new internet-enabled world. Unfortunately so far, we’ve had a pretty dirty start.

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