Science and Technology Innovation Program

Events

Can You Balance the Federal Budget?

While the candidates and pundits debate, go online and take control of the federal budget. American Public Media and the Wilson Center's Serious Games Initiative recently launched a new game, Budget Hero, to let people explore the impacts of some of the the most important policy issues facing our country.

Protecting the Internet Commons

David Bollier, Director, Information Commons Project, New America Foundation; Author of Public Assets, Private Profits: Reclaiming the American Commons in an Age of Market EnclosureRead Bollier's report and the conference proceedings addressing current policy issues related to the commons of nature, information, science, and culture.

PEN 18 - Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology

View Existing health and safety agencies are unable to cope with the risk assessment, standard setting and oversight challenges of advancing nanotechnology. The nation needs a new agency to address current forms of pollution and to deal with the health and environmental impacts of the technically complex products promised by rapid 21st century scientific advances. In this landmark report, Oversight of Next Generation Nanotechnology, J. Clarence (Terry) Davies calls for a new Department of Environmental and Consumer Protection to oversee product regulation, pollution control and monitoring, and technology assessment.

Mapping the Human Genome: Risks and Benefits

David Rejeski, director of the Wilson Center's Foresight and Governance Project, lauds the benefits but warns of the ethical and moral implications of the sequencing of the human genome.

The Science Beat: Has Quality of Reporting Improved or Declined?

In a world increasingly driven by scientific and technological breakthroughs, are we getting the information we need to understand the rapid changes and choices we face? And as print space dedicated to science decreases, have online sources emerged to fill the void?

Synthetic Biology Project Director Discusses DIYBio on Kojo Nnamdi Show

Far from multimillion dollar labs at universities, an enthusiastic movement of amateur scientists is changing the field of biology.

The Future of Technology Assessment

The Foresight and Governance Project has released a new report titled The Future of Technology Assessment, a collection of three essays designed to explore the issue of technology assessment with a look towards the future--a future that will be continually transformed by investments in science and technology.

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