Science and Technology Publications

Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: Workshop Summary

Sep 06, 2013
The growing use of social media and other mass collaboration technologies is opening up new opportunities in disaster management efforts, but is also creating new challenges for policymakers looking to incorporate these tools into existing frameworks. The Commons Lab, part of the Science & Technology Innovation Program, hosted a September 2012 workshop bringing together emergency responders, crisis mappers, researchers, and software programmers to discuss issues surrounding the adoption of these new technologies. This report discusses the key findings, policy suggestions, and success stories that emerged during the workshop. more

Transforming Earthquake Detection and Science through Citizen Seismology

Jun 28, 2013
This white paper describes a groundbreaking system of citizen science projects by the U.S. Geological Survey and other scientific institutions to detect and monitor earthquakes and engage the public in scientific research about seismic events. These approaches seek to provide a more robust earthquake alert network and generate more real-time motion data. The paper also looks at how future efforts could be improved. Successful crowdsourcing projects at the federal level must navigate a web of practical, legal and policy considerations. This paper identifies some of these hurdles and provides lessons learned so that others may apply them to their unique missions. more

Second Brazilian Congressional Study Mission on Innovation to Europe

May 23, 2013
In the Second Brazilian Congressional Study Mission on Innovation, a group of Brazilian congressmen and senators visited to Europe to learn about innovation policies. more

Educational cooperation and exchanges: An emerging issue

May 02, 2013
The Mexico Institute prepared a brief highlighting the potential for expanding student exchange and international mobility programs between the U.S. and Mexico. more

Experimental Production and R & D in the USSR (1985)

Apr 30, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #199, 1985. PDF 14 pages. more

Towards Trustworthy Social Media and Crowdsourcing

Apr 29, 2013
Individuals and organizations using social media and crowdsourcing need two key sets of information: a systematic assessment of the vulnerabilities in these technologies and a comprehensive set of best practices describing how to address these vulnerabilities. This report identifies certain vulnerabilities and provides a guideline to develop best practices necessary to address a growing number of incidents ranging from innocent mistakes to targeted attacks that have claimed lives and cost millions of dollars. more

Privacy and Missing Persons after Natural Disasters

Apr 19, 2013
When a natural disaster occurs, government agencies, humanitarian organizations, private companies, volunteers, and others collect information about missing persons to aid the search effort. Often this processing of information about missing persons exacerbates the complexities and uncertainties of privacy rules. This report offers a roadmap to the legal and policy issues surrounding privacy and missing persons following natural disasters. more

The Expansion of Soviet Science (1979)

Apr 11, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #79, 1979. PDF 34 pages. more

The Scientific-Technological Revolution: Economic to Scientific Determinism? (1979)

Apr 10, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #59, 1979. PDF 15 pages. more

The Human Sciences as a Self-Defeating and Subversive Venture (1978)

Apr 09, 2013
Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #35, 1978. PDF 47 pages. more

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Dialogue

The Future of Higher Education

Mar 26, 2014Apr 02, 2014

Jeff Abernathy and Richard Morrill discuss how colleges and universities are dealing with rapidly rising costs and how the United States can still compete for students in a globalized environment.