Global distribution of light pollution versus digital “pollution” from Twitter
The traditional approach to fighting pollution is to try to lower the emission of the substances that causes it. One way to achieve this is by applying the polluter-pays principle. For digital pollution such an approach would be nice too, as it would have all sorts of additional benefits and would save a lot of resources. Obviously this will not work for a few reasons: for one the pollution always happens within a certain context. e.g. no-one is harmed or should even care if you build up your own little Exxon Valdez disaster on your hard-drive with thousands of blurred pictures of your cat.