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Open Networks, Closed Regimes

In her new co-authored book Open Networks, Closed Regimes Shanthi Kalathil looks at the link between technology and democratization, in other words, at the Internet and freedom. Contrary to conventional wisdom the author finds that going digital does not mean going democratic. Many in the policy and punditry worlds believe the Internet poses a grave threat to authoritarian rule; in fact, there¹s a popular notion that the Internet inexorably undermines such regimes. But that¹s not true.

Nanotechnology: Real Revenues Today and Impacts on the U.S. Economy

Washington, D.C. – On March 11 the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held a seminar "Nanotechnology: Real Revenues Today and Impacts on the U.S. Economy” that examined new commercial applications for nanotechnologies and the position of the United States in the global nanotech race. Video of the seminar is available by clicking on the link below.

Government Foresight: Myth, Dream, or Reality?

Yehezkel Dror
Gearing Government for Weaving the Future

6th Floor Board Room

Nanotechnology and the Environment

5th floor conference room

Positive Feedback, Technology Lock-in, and Implications for Policy

David Kline, Ph.D.
National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL)

Fifth Floor Conference Room

Who Owns the Genome?

Speakers: Eric S. Lander, Ph.D. Director, Whitehead Center for Genome Research; Q. Todd Dickinson, JD, Partner Howrey Simon Arnold & White, Former Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Pilar N. Ossorio, Ph.D., JD, Assistant Professor of Law and Medicine, University of Wisconsin; Scott A. Brown, JD, Vice President, Chief Patent Counsel, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Moderator: Justin Gillis, Staff Reporter, Washington Post

What Might the World Look Like in 50 Years?

On May 20-21 the Wilson Center's Foresight and Governance Project held a workshop on global foresight with support from NASA. The conference was the first effort in a series designed to stimulate governments and other concerned parties to think about possible goals that could be achieved over a long time period (30-50 years) and with a proactive approach to governance.

Planning Twenty Years Out

Summary of a seminar and discussion with John Hiles, Research Professor, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. The seminar was co-sponsored by RAND.

"If we can gain insight into the surprising events that can connect to our actions, then it is quite possible that history will see us as men and women who are shrewd, and sometimes wise, but at least not the architects of our own calamities."

The Road to Copenhagen: Energy Solutions for Emerging Economies

Technology and innovation will be critical for China, India, and other emerging economies to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions – and U.S. technology policy can help lead the way. New technologies such as solid state lighting systems, efficient nanocarbon materials and biomass energy offer hopeful prospects that can lead to equitable and sustainable development.

Human Population Growth and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

While the relationships between population growth, economic growth, poverty, land use, and the diffusion of technology are complex, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recognizes the role that future population growth can play in the growth of global greenhouse gas emissions.