That’s the question Mozilla attempts to answer in its annual Internet Health Report. The 2018 edition, released this week in a multipart interactive story, finds plenty to be optimistic about, like inclusive communities and improved security practices. But it also finds plenty to be troubled by–like censorship and harassment. And in one one of its chapters, it sounds the alarm about the enormous carbon footprint of the web.
If it were a country, the web would be on track to become the fourth largest CO2 emitter on Earth after the U.S., China, and India. While the environmental cost of cryptocurrency mining, e-waste, and data storage has been widely publicized, there are less obvious ways our behavior online is feeding the internet’s endless hunger for energy–including how apps and websites are designed.
Take Alexa. When you ask her
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