Science and Technology Publications
This policy brief outlines what the Deep Web and Darknet are, how they are accessed, and why we should care about them.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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: 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, 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.