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The Politics of Search Engines

Helen Nissenbaum,Research Associate and Lecturer at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton UniversityRecent research articles by and other information about Helen Nissenbaum.

Awareness & Impressions Of Synthetic Biology

There has been little change in public awareness of either synthetic biology or nanotechnology since previous surveys, according to this 2013 poll of more than 800 U.S. adults. In the poll, 23 percent of adults say they have heard a lot or some about synthetic biology, compared with 31 percent who say the same about nanotechnology. The most common associations that respondents make with synthetic biology are that it is unnatural, man-made, and artificial or that it has to do with reproducing life.

There's a Sensor in Your Pocket

Existing technologies in today's mobile phones and web services enable new approaches to citizen science, giving individuals and communities the power to shape the world around them in new ways. Read more in a paper commissioned by the Foresight & Governance Project.

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.

Did You Feel It? Citizens Contribute to Earthquake Science

Thanks to new technology, people can immediately help seismologists assess the scope and impact of earthquakes by providing valuable firsthand data. The recent east coast quake, centered in Virginia, provided the back drop for our discussion with Colorado-based seismologist, David Wald.

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.

The Power of Hackathons: A Roadmap for Sustainable Open Innovation

Hackathons offer an opportunity to achieve innovation-oriented goals with limited resources, but require careful planning and organizational commitment to sustain engagement over the long term. This brief provides an overview of hackathons and offers strategies from previous successful events.

“Budget Hero” Added to BrainPOP’s Free Resource for Top Educational Games

“Budget Hero,” the computer game, designed to help people of all ages understand the Federal budget and the underlying issues that shape it, is now offered on the free resource GameUp™, BrainPOP’s collection of cross-curricular game titles from leading publishers.

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Data Journalism and Policymaking: A Changing Landscape

July 30, 2014 // 10:00am12:00pm

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