Science and Technology Innovation Program



Webcast Day 2: Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: A Policy Roundtable

September 14, 2012 // 9:30am3:00pm
Watch via live webcast the workshop "Connecting Grassroots to Government through Open Innovation," focusing on the opportunities and challenges of social media, crowdsourcing, crisismapping and open innovation for the full life-cycle of disaster management.

Webcast Day 1: Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: A Policy Roundtable

September 13, 2012 // 8:00am5:30pm
On behalf of the Commons Lab of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (The Wilson Center), the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS Foundation, the International Association for Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ESRI, TechChange, NetHope, and Project EPIC, we are honored to invite you to participate in a LIVE WEBCAST of the policy roundtable “Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management."

Getting by With a Little Help from Our Friends: Crowdsourcing and USAID Development Credit Loans

June 28, 2012 // 12:00pm1:30pm
USAID’s Development Credit Authority utilizes risk-sharing tools to encourage private financial institutions to increase financing for creditworthy but underserved borrowers. Geovisualization of these loans will allow donors, host governments, and the public to see where USAID has helped enhance the capacity of the private sector to make loans to new businesses and could act as a gauge for trends or signal areas for synergy.
Senator Udall with Constituents

Senator Mark Udall Hosts Constituent Discussion on Budget Hero

June 06, 2012 // 1:15pm2:30pm
Nearly 100 Coloradoans convened on Capitol Hill in June for the three-day Colorado Capitol Conference with Senator Mark Udall. Participants ranged in age from college students to retirees, all coming to learn more about how policy is made in Washington. This June 6 session featured the Wilson Center’s Budget Hero game, which every participant had played in advance and arrived ready to discuss their results.

Crowdsourcing for Disaster and Humanitarian Response

May 03, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
The cycle of response and preparedness of data work together hand in hand. Over the past year Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team has worked on the ground in Haiti and Indonesia while responding to disasters remotely. These methodologies are complementary and can be utilized to have up to date basemap data both after a disaster and preparing in areas at risk of one.

Principles for the Oversight of Synthetic Biology: Is the Precautionary Principle Needed?

April 18, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
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.”

Integrating Official and Crowdsourced Crisis Information

April 09, 2012 // 4:00pm5:00pm
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 // 12:00pm2:00pm
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.

Crisis Management 3.0: Social Media and Governance in Times of Transition

February 16, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
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."

New Technologies: Have We Learned Anything Yet About Risks?

December 15, 2011 // 9:15am10:15am
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?


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