Science and Technology Innovation Program

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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.

Participatory Sensing: A citizen-powered approach to illuminating the patterns that shape our world

Today, people are increasingly able to create and share written and recorded media via the Internet. This phenomenon, now evident in the explosion of blogs and online social networks, is often called Web 2.0, or the new media. It has created compelling new avenues for public discourse, creative expression, and electronic commerce.

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.

Woodrow Wilson Center and IBM Explore the Future of Computing

Managing just one computer can tax the average person's technical capabilities. How do we thrive in a world where we might be connected to thousands of computational devices, which are connected to each other? This seminar and discussion explored the emerging world of autonomic computing. The video of the meeting is available here.

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.

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