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Democracy, Ethics and the Governance of Emerging Science and Technology

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Technoscience and Citizenship: Ethics and Governance in the Digital Society

Part of the book series: The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology ((ELTE,volume 17))

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The governance of emerging science and technologies is becoming an important policy issue. We elucidate the meanings of emerging science and technologies from a multidisciplinary perspective, and we discuss the ethical and political consequences of their introduction in the context of the European Union. We illustrate the relation between science technologies and economic development with some historical post-war examples, concentrating on the limited outcomes of their deployment in relation to the announced promises. Our analysis concludes that the current narrative on science-based innovation and economic growth and employment must be challenged and devolved to an inclusive democratic process. We share our experience from some experimental approaches to the governance of science and technology designed to capture and unfold a progressive political engagement

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    The term “Innovation Union” is now rapidly adopted in EU politico-administrative discourse, both as a concept for its S&T policy, but also in a broader sense, as a new defining principle of the identity of the European Union. See the official EU website for the Innovation Union http://ec.europa.eu/research/innovation-union/index_en.cfm

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    Documentation, working papers and open access publications can be found at http://www.technolife.no and http://www.epinet.no

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Strand, R., Funtowicz, S. (2016). Democracy, Ethics and the Governance of Emerging Science and Technology. In: Delgado, A. (eds) Technoscience and Citizenship: Ethics and Governance in the Digital Society. The International Library of Ethics, Law and Technology, vol 17. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-32414-2_1

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