Science and Technology Publications

The Deep Web and the Darknet: A Look Inside the Internet's Massive Black Box

Oct 18, 2015
This policy brief outlines what the Deep Web and Darknet are, how they are accessed, and why we should care about them.

Science Hack Day: Bridging the Hacking Community and Government

Oct 13, 2015
On May 16th & 17th the Commons Lab hosted Washington D.C.'s first-ever Science Hack Day, co-sponsored with ArtsEdge from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This report summarizes the event and highlights hacks produced while providing future directions for bridging the hacking community and government initiatives.

Citizen Science & The Law: A Web-Enabled Policy Tool

Sep 14, 2015
This web-enabled interactive policy tool guides agency project managers through the legal and regulatory issues that federal agencies encounter when they engage in citizen science and crowdsourcing activities.

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.

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