Science and Technology Innovation Program
Major emergencies and crises can overwhelm local resources. In the last several years, self-organized digital volunteers have begun leveraging the power of social media and “crowd-mapping” for collaborative crisis response. Rather than mobilizing a physical response, these digital volunteer groups have responded virtually by creating software applications, monitoring social networks, aggregating data, and creating “crowdsourced” maps to assist both survivors and the formal response community. These virtual responses can subject digital volunteers to tort liability. This report evaluates the precise contours of potential liability for digital volunteers.
Nanotechnology is hailed by some scientists, venture capitalists, and government officials as the next industrial revolution. But two media experts at a program sponsored by the Wilson Center's Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies report that, compared to other areas of science, nanotechnology newspaper coverage is scarce.
Thanks to nanotechnology, tomorrow's food will be designed by shaping molecules and atoms. Dr. Jennifer Kuzma and Peter VerHage estimate possible areas and timeframes for future nanotechnology-based food and agriculture applications.
Given the incredible promise of the fast emerging field—and the billions in public and private investment that it has attracted—the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has launched a series of newsletters and podcasts focused on progress toward exciting applications on the horizon of nanotechnology.
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.
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.