Science and Technology Publications

Environmental and Health Impacts of Additive Manufacturing

Aug 28, 2015
This workshop report offers a research agenda focused on the emerging technology of additive manufacturing (or 3D printing) and its impact on the environment and human health, particularly issues related to lifecycle assessment, occupational health, energy use, waste and policy. The workshop, a joint project of the Wilson Center's Science and Technology Innovation Program and the Center for Manufacturing Innovation at the University of Florida, took place in October 2014 and was sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing Metadata Workshop Summary

Aug 06, 2015
On July 9th & 10th, 2015, a Citizen Science & Crowdsourcing Metadata Workshop was hosted by the Wilson Center's Commons Lab in coordination with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Community of Practice on Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science. The results of this workshop included 30 fields describing citizen science project metadata and are summarized in this publication.
Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway by Raphael Cohen-Almagor

Confronting the Internet's Dark Side: Moral and Social Responsibility on the Free Highway

Jun 11, 2015
Confronting the Internet’s Dark Side is the first book on social responsibility on the Internet. It aims to strike a balance between the free speech principle and the responsibilities of the individual, corporation, state, and the international community.

Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, and the Law: Legal Issues Affecting Federal Agencies

Apr 20, 2015
This report reviews legal and regulatory issues that federal agencies face when they engage in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities.

Typology of Citizen Science Projects from an Intellectual Property Perspective

Feb 05, 2015
Typology of Citizen Science Projects from an Intellectual Property Perspective: Invention and Authorship between Researchers and Participants, written by Dr. Teresa Scassa and doctoral candidate Haewon Chung of the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, analyzes various types of volunteer citizen science activities to determine whether they raise legal questions about IP ownership. The report includes a typology comparing the IP implications of different types of citizen science projects, from transcribing or gathering data to assisting with problem solving.

Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective

Feb 05, 2015
Citizen Science and Policy: A European Perspective, written by Dr. Muki Haklay of University College London, examines European citizen science projects to understand how they can support or influence public policy (and how policy can support or constrain citizen science). The report concludes with suggestions for how projects around the world can be structured to meet policy goals—for example, through strategic partnerships, and by developing guidelines to facilitate the use of citizen science data.

The Brazilian Congress at the Frontier of Innovation

Dec 12, 2014
A report on the three Brazilian Congressional Study Missions on Innovation to the United States and the United Kingdom.

Melting Pot Urgency: Attracting and Educating Entrepreneurs for the U.S.

Nov 26, 2014
Attracting foreign-born talent and teaching entrepreneurial skills are vital to the economic vibrancy of the United States. The United States needs new programs to recruit and retain immigrant entrepreneurs, strengthen K-12 education, and stress experiential, collaborative learning at all levels of education to create jobs and lead the global economy as the world’s entrepreneurship engine.
Innovation in Mexico

Fostering Innovation in Mexico

Nov 19, 2014
How has the global economy changed, and what does it mean for innovation? How should we be thinking about innovation? What conditions are necessary for innovation to thrive? How can we attract greater investment for innovation activities? What types of government policies and regulations can strengthen innovation? How can we better integrate science and technology into practical applications? What are the barriers to innovation, and how can we overcome them? This publication summarizes the main themes of the High-Level Innovation Forum for Policymakers 2013 and highlights some lessons learned. The purpose of this paper is to aid in ongoing dialogue, the next stage of which will take place in Washington, DC in November, 2014 (The publication is available both in English and Spanish).
Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation by Gabriel Weimann

Terrorism in Cyberspace: The Next Generation

Sep 10, 2014
The war on terrorism has not been won, Gabriel Weimann argues in Terrorism in Cyberspace, the successor to his seminal 2006 book, Terror on the Internet. Weimann’s book looks at terrorism’s online reach, recent trends, future threats, and ways to mitigate or counter Internet terrorism.

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