Towards Sustainable and Ethical Technologies for Humanitarian Applications
The pace of development of new technology has become very rapid around the world, and the main focus is on innovation, features and time-to-market. Most innovators and technology developers do not bother themselves with sustainability, environment, ethics or societal aspects of technology. Universities and business schools also emphasize technological innovation, but not sustainability and ethics.
Given the breakneck pace of technological advancement–particularly through IoT, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Cryptofinance–we are now realizing that unless innovation is tempered with ethical, sustainability, and equity, we face a Dystopian future, a Digital Life where several values such freedom, equity, privacy, creativity and democracy may all be threatened.

Satish Babu is a senior IT and Development professional based out of Kerala, India, who is actively associated with multiple international organizations including IEEE, Internet Society, ICANN and IGF. He was the Founding Director of the International Centre for Free and Open Source (ICFOSS) of the Government of Kerala, and also one of the earliest users and passionate advocates of the Internet since 1993. In 1994, he set up FishNet, which is perhaps the earliest free, open, public email service in Kerala.

Professionally, Satish is the co-founder and President of InApp, an IT company with offices in India, the US, and Japan. He was earlier the CEO of SIFFS, an NGO working with small-scale fishers in South India. He was involved in the post-tsunami rehabilitation and reconstruction activities after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

Satish was elected the Vice Chair of ICANN’s Asia-Pacific Regional At-Large Organization (APRALO) in 2015, elected the Chair in 2016 and re-elected in 2018. He has been serving for several positions for IEEE and IEEE Computer Society since 2009. From 2017, he is a member of IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC), and is serving as the Chair of the Partnership Committee in 2019.