Technical Forum 2011 – Keynote by Robert D. Atkinson: Policymakers Are Focused on You, Not the Real Problem

02 March, 2011 | Presentation

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D., Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Regulators around the world are taking aim at IT in general, and data centers in particular, in their efforts to regulate reduced energy use and carbon emissions. But at the end of the day, we need more IT and innovation, not less. Rob Atkinson discusses why policymakers should be concentrating on spurring digital transformation – incentivizing conversion of energy intensive atoms to energy savings bits and why spurring fundamental clean energy R&D, rather than regulating IT efficiency, is the surer path to the needed low carbon global economy.