Science and Technology Publications

Kite Sensorship: Regulating China’s Airways

Oct 26, 2012
Launched in July 2012, FLOAT Beijing—a community art project that utilizes citizen science—offers a simple, innovative, and non-confrontational approach to air quality monitoring: kites. Pioneered by two U.S. graduate students, the project tracks air pollutants using air sensor modules attached to kites. more

Responding to Liability: Evaluating and Reducing Tort Liability for Digital Volunteers

Sep 14, 2012
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. more

Enhancing Climate Change Technology Transfer between the Global North and the Global South

Jun 08, 2012
Climate change technology transfer has been included in several plans and programs with the aim of bridging the gap between industrialized countries and the developing world. more

After the Disaster: Rebuilding Communities

Mar 29, 2012
This report draws from the dialogue and seminar papers shared at an April 2011 meeting co-hosted by the Wilson Center and the Fetzer Institute to explore how best to respond to disasters. Highlighting the complex nature of disaster response and exploring ways to overcome the inherent tension between those responding to disasters and the local community, the discussion centered on how to identify the strengths of a community and use technology to better engage the local community and provide effective, sustainable relief. more

Geoengineering for Decision Makers

Nov 01, 2011
Geoengineering invloves large-scale and deliberate techniques or interventions used in combination with civil engineering to affect the earth's climate, oceans, soils, and living systems, specifically to counteract global warming. This 2011 report from the Science and Technology Innovation Program reviews the challenges of geoengineering governance and argues for giving much greater attention to upstream governance strategies. Ten concerns about geoengineering are outlined including the potential for unintended consequences, the potential for ineffectiveness, the risk of sudden catastrophic warning and equity issues, among others. more

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

Sep 06, 2011
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. more

Any Big Ideas Left?

Sep 02, 2011
A Survey of Our Greatest Environmental Accomplishments In a recent article in the Environmental Forum, STIP director David Rejeski, presents the results of a survey to identify the greatest environmental accomplishments of the last forty years. more

Nanotechnology

Jul 11, 2011

Household Water Treatment and Safe Storage Options in Developing Countries: A Review of Current Implementation Practices

Jul 07, 2011
The authors discuss point-of-use drinking water treatment and safe storage options, which can accelerate the health gains associated with improved water. more

Hong Kong Conference Report: Part 1 (Chinese)

Jul 07, 2011
Through a generous grant from the U.S. Institute of Peace, ECSP organized a forum in Hong Kong to provide opportunities for 65 environmentalists and journalists from the three areas of Greater China to discuss improving the capacity of environmental NGOs and the quality of environmental reporting in the region. Part 1 (Chinese). more

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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.