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The Distinctive Dynamics of Nanotechnology in Developing Nations

  • Susan Cozzens
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Part of the Innovation, Technology, and Knowledge Management book series (ITKM, volume 14)

Abstract

Nanotechnology is unique among emerging technologies in the level of attention given to social and ethical implications (SEIs) in its early stages of development. Central funders have set aside money for large projects to undertake “anticipatory governance” of nanotechnology, and nanoscientists and engineers themselves have solicited the help of social scientists and philosophers in helping to identify potential issues early. The distasteful and expensive experience with agricultural biotechnology, which raised near-fatal red flags late in the development process, stands clearly as an example not to be followed.

Keywords

Genetically Modify Middle Income Country Open Source Software Genetically Modify Maize Distributional Boundary 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

Cozzens is the coleader of Thematic Research Cluster One, Equity, Equality, and Responsibility, in the Center for Nanotechnology and Society at Arizona State University. The discussion here is based in part on her work there, supported under NSF Cooperative Agreement #0531194, and her previous work in Project Resultar (NSF Grant SES 072-6919) in collaboration with colleagues in Project ResIST (http://www.resist-research.net/home.aspx), supported by the European Commission under Framework Program Six. All opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of any of the sponsoring organizations.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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