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Kirsi Ojutkangas, Elina Rossi, Marja Matinmikko-Blue, A deep dive into the birth process of linking 6G and the UN SDGs, Telecommunications Policy, Volume 46, Issue 1, 2022, 102283, ISSN 0308-5961,

A deep dive into the birth process of linking 6G and the UN SDGs

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Author: Ojutkangas, Kirsi1; Rossi, Elina1; Matinmikko-Blue, Marja1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2022
Publish Date: 2022-03-08


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) are becoming an increasingly important theme for researchers in multiple fields to investigate. In this paper, we look at how a group of 40 experts from academia and the mobile communications industry identified ways in which future 6th generation (6G) mobile communications is linked with the UN SDGs while writing a white paper on the topic. In this paper, building on the methodology of critical participatory action research, we look into the detailed operations of the expert group, offer a new way to look at the 6G development process guided by the UN SDGs and describe the linking process for the UN SDGs and 6G in a way that may guide other researchers in similar endeavors. We also present initial outcomes of the linking process that led to the white paper published in 2020 (Matinmikko-Blue et al., 2020). The aim of this research is to identify and formulate a process to recognise the connection between UN SDGs and 6G.

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Series: Telecommunications policy. The international journal of ICT economy, governance and society
ISSN: 0308-5961
ISSN-E: 1879-3258
ISSN-L: 0308-5961
Volume: 46
Issue: 1
Article number: 102283
DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2021.102283
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics
520 Other social sciences
Copyright information: © 2021 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (