Illuminating the “Dark Side” of Emerging Technologies

  • Aharon Hauptman
Part of the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies book series (STAIS)


Almost every new technology developed for the benefit of society has a potential “dark side”, manifested, for example, by security or privacy threats. This chapter presents some findings of two European projects, which by employing foresight methods tried to shed light on these dark sides: one project assessed the threats of potential abuse (by criminals or terrorists) posed by selected emerging technologies, while the second focused on the impacts of emerging technologies on privacy. In both projects special attention was paid to new, even surprising possibilities opened by the convergence of technologies. Both projects also dealt with related policy issues. The foresight processes, which helped to explore evolving security or privacy aspects of new technologies, reflect a need for continuous analysis of the unfolding technology landscape for potential, sometimes surprising implications.


Foresight Emerging technologies Responsible research and innovation (RRI) Security Privacy Emerging threats Policy Wild cards 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aharon Hauptman
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  1. 1.Tel Aviv UniversityTel AvivIsrael

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