The World Is Choking on Digital Pollution

washingtonmonthly.com

As industrialization led to increased urbanization, the by-products of combined human activity grew to such levels that their effects could not be ignored. This piece presents a compelling argument around treating digital pollution in the same way.

Bringing together the threads needed to tackle this type of problem—studying the phenomenon, assigning responsibility, and committing to solutions big enough to match the scope of what was being faced. It started with the recognition that direct and indirect human waste was itself an industrial-scale problem. By the 1870s, governmental authorities were starting to give a more specific meaning to an older word: they started calling the various types of waste “pollution.” 

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