CNS Announces Conference to Focus on the Role of NGOs in Regulating New Technologies

When it comes to safeguarding the environment, human health, and community livelihoods from the impacts of emerging technologies, where does the role of the government end and that of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) begin?  This question will be the focus of a multidisciplinary, global conference to be hosted by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at the University of California, Santa Barbara November13-15, 2014.

The Democratizing Technologies conference will include participants from NGOs, government, labor organizations, physical and biological sciences, engineering, social sciences, foundations, civil society organizations (CSOs), and industry. Among the technologies considered will be nanotechnology, synthetic biology and biotechnology, neurocognitive technology, information technology, spatial/analytic technology, and 3-D Printing. Topics will include environmental justice, workplace safety, consumer safety, employment, equity, and risk.

For more information, visit the Democratizing Technologies website which is being constantly updated. If you would like to get involved, feel free to contact conference organizers Barbara Herr Harthorn (, Rich Appelbaum (, Cassandra Engeman (, or Brandon Fastman (