Democratizing Technologies: Assessing the Roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures

Democratizing Technologies focuses on NGOs with environmental and social justice concerns regarding new technologies and asks: How can NGOs produce more equitable and sustainable outcomes of emerging technologies? What are the implications of NGO participation in governance for democracy and technological futures?

The conference is convened by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society (CNS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Global in scope, the conference brings together social scientists, science experts, government regulators, and NGO leaders to consider how NGOs – by engaging broader publics, media and policy makers – can and should influence technological investment, advancement, and regulation within a rubric of “responsible development.”

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