July 6, 2022 – Today Responsible Computing (RC), a program of Object Management Group, announced that it will hold its inaugural meeting on Wednesday, June 29, 2022. Responsible Computing is a new consortium of technology innovators working together to achieve sustainable development goals.
Stephen Mellor, executive vice president of OMG and CTO of Responsible Computing, said: “We’ve all heard about sustainability, but how many times have you seen a request for a proposal that puts demands on energy use or puts limits on” dark data’? Responsible Computing will tackle these issues and more. The inaugural meeting has paved the way for sustainable work in multiple areas.”
During this first meeting, the members of the steering committee and the executives of Responsible Computing discussed the focus of each of the six working groups.
- Workgroup data center focuses first on the building to reduce environmental impact with a more efficient strategy and design, migrate to renewable energy sources, monitor consumption and carbon footprint and optimize the reuse of waste from refrigeration and production. This working group will produce webinars, white papers and best practice papers to help the IT community be net zero by 2030 in line with UN SDGs†
- Infrastructure Workgroup achieves greater efficiency with infrastructure (computing, networks, data centers) designed to deliver high-performance, sustainable operations, consolidating workloads that peak at different times to increase resource efficiency and achieve high utilization levels. This working group will produce webinars, success stories and best practice papers to reuse technology, reduce electronic waste and create a circular economy.
- Code Working Group is to align teams across software architecture, technology, programming language, and platform to anticipate and monitor the total cost of running, supporting, and maintaining applications. It will produce white papers to help developers balance the tradeoffs between accuracy, speed and cost, including power consumption, addressing the hidden energy impact of code, reducing data duplication and improving cybersecurity. The group will also implement sustainability assessment tools and KPIs to accelerate decision-making and identify areas to investigate more closely during software development. There will also be ongoing training and workshops to reinforce shared sustainability goals to increase team awareness of these issues.
- Data usage workgroup confirms that the data is of high quality. The group is also working to ensure organizations can trust processes and people, reducing errors and misinterpretation of data by advocating for intelligent workflows that leverage artificial intelligence and machine learning. The group will develop robust policies, guidelines and practices for data management (e.g., maintaining ancestry and explainability), ongoing risk assessment and mitigation of data use, incident response, and data breach recovery. It will also show organizations how to manage the data lifecycle with responsible practices for data retention and destruction.
- Working Group Systems will ensure that systems use an integrated set of technologies to serve people by building ethical, privacy-preserving, secure and resilient systems. Organizations must design systems with the environment, individuals, society and the future. Accountable systems are designed with a three-layer approach to encompass a cultural ethos across the support organization, forensic technology that can monitor and detect issues to enable trust, and governance requirements that the entire organization adheres to. This working group will help organizations maintain the integrity of internal systems, achieve compliance with internal and external standards, ongoing monitoring to ensure companies develop and use responsible systems, and strengthen corporate social responsibility to close the digital divide.
- Working group Impact will work to offset the impact on the planet in the categories of ESG and level the playing field through sustainability, circularity, diversity, inclusion, climate, openness and ethics. Six primary and measurable maturity characteristics represent the ability to achieve responsible impact: goal setting, scalability, reproducibility, socially responsible business model and strategy, and quantifiable and traceable to a UN SDG (United Nations Sustainability Development Goal).
Responsible Computing is a systemic approach aimed at addressing current and future computing challenges, including sustainability, ethics and professionalism, born of the belief that we need to start thinking about technology in terms of its impact on people and the planet. To find out more about Responsible Computingvisit our website.
About responsible computer use
Responsible IT (RC) is a membership consortium for technology organizations that provides a framework for establishing responsible business policies. We help our members commit to and adhere to responsible computing values in key areas of infrastructure, code development, and social impact. RC is a program of the Object Management Group (OMG).