Science and Technology Innovation Program
April 18, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
In March 2012, Friends of the Earth, the International Center for Technology Assessment, and ETC Group released a report on “The Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology.”
April 09, 2012 // 4:00pm — 5:00pm
Dr. Sophia B. Liu will discuss the opportunities and challenges with integrating official and crowdsourced crisis information based on the response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake and what has happened since this catastrophe, which was the tipping point for crowdsourcing and social media use in the crisis domain. Specifically, Dr. Liu will unpack the different interface challenges at the social, technological, organizational, and political levels. She will also discuss the meaning of "socially distributed curation" and its application to information management in the emergency domain.
The Art of Synthetic Biology Governance: Considering the Concepts of Scientific Uncertainty and Cross-Borderness
March 27, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Governments around the world are considering how to regulate synthetic biology in an effort to maximize the benefits of the emerging technology while minimizing the risks.
February 16, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
Social networks have become an increasingly important mechanism in preventing, responding to and managing crises, especially in circumstances in which unity of effort can be achieved, but unity of command may not be feasible, or even desirable. This is stimulating new thinking about the nature of governance during times of significant transition, as well as stimulating the emergence of "Web 3.0 Resilience Systems."
December 15, 2011 // 9:15am — 10:15am
Remember the IT revolution? How about the Decade of the Brain or genetic engineering? Then there was nanotechnology and now synthetic biology. How well have we managed the risks associated with these advances and has society learned any lessons from the past that could be relevant to understanding the societal implications of new emerging technologies?
November 15, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
The earthquake in Haiti hit the most vulnerable -- particularly women and girls -- the hardest. Within the first week, reports of sexual violence emerged, as did stories of women and girls struggling to access assistance and living in crowded and unsafe camps. Now, almost one year later, hear from the organizations that remain in place and are gauging their success while also offering innovative solutions.
November 10, 2011 // 12:00pm — 2:30pm
As concerns about climate change grow and the possibility that we may have to resort to geoengineering to avert a climate catastrophe begins to be taken more seriously, several different viewpoints are emerging about how geoengineering should or could be developed and used.
November 10, 2011 // 8:30am — 10:00am
Please join us on November 10th for a panel and roundtable discussion that will feature findings and recommendations from the CNA report, 2011 Social Media + Emergency Management Camp: Transforming the Response Enterprise. Panelists from the emergency management community, private sector, government, and the digital volunteer community will discuss the report and offer policy and research recommendations for moving forward with the adoption, integration, and practice of social media in emergency management.
November 01, 2011 // 4:30pm — 6:00pm
The national public safety broadband network will provide interoperable voice and data communications for emergency responders nationwide, and an opportunity to leverage mission critical technologies, such as geospatial and social media, that will dramatically enhance the way public safety prepares for and responds to emergencies. Closing the gap between the emergency responders and private sector innovators is vital to achieving the full potential of the national public safety broadband network.
GAO REPORT RELEASE: Climate Engineering; Technical status, future directions, and potential responses
October 12, 2011 // 12:30pm — 2:00pm
In response to a congressional request for a technology assessment on climate engineering, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a new report in August. An interdisciplinary team prepared the report, employing a multi-method approach based on GAO’s quality assurance framework and best practices in technology assessment. The report examined the current state of climate engineering science and technology, experts’ views of the future of U.S. climate engineering research, and potential public responses to climate engineering.