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Technological innovations -- Social aspects

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Librarians: Gatekeepers of the Information Age, or the New Luddites: Views from the 116th ALA Conference

Librarians--Gatekeepers of the Information Age, or the New Luddites: Views from the 116th ALA Conference, has been added to the End User's Corner section of the Toolkit. It discusses the wide range of attitudes that librarians have toward the Internet as an information resource, as demonstrated in microcosm in a conference session led by Michael Gorman, James Rettig, and Samuel Demas at the recent...

https://scout.wisc.edu/scout/toolkit/enduser/archive/1997/eu...
Foresight

Foresight is a UK government supported program aimed "to increase UK exploitation of science." The Foresight program highlights either a key issue where science holds promise, or an area "where the potential applications and technologies have yet to be considered and/or articulated more broadly." The current projects are: Brain Science, Addiction and Drugs, Cyber Trust and Crime Prevention,...

https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/government-offic...
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Christian Science Monitor: Technology

The Christian Science Monitor has offered innovative and thoughtful news coverage for over a century. Its website has a number of fascinating nooks and crannies, and the Innovation area is a real find. On this site, visitors can look over the Innovation news feed, which brings together pieces on a plethora of topics, including new online music sharing programs, patent information, and new apps....

https://www.csmonitor.com/Technology
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Technopanics: Moral Panics about Technology

Why is everyone all a-panic about the Internet and the (sometimes) deviant behavior it might seem to enable? This fine OpenCourseWare offering from Professor Marcella Therese Szabiewicz takes a look at a "number of technopanics" of late. The course begins by looking at how similar panics about "old" media (books, films, and the like) set historical precedents for these current fears. Visitors can...

https://ocw.mit.edu/courses/comparative-media-studies-writin...
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Pew Research Center: U.S. Public Wary of Biomedical Technologies to 'Enhance' Human Abilities

The Pew Research Center recently released a study indicating that as a whole, Americans are more "worried" than "enthusiastic" about three emerging biomedical technologies. For the study, researchers surveyed over 4,000 U.S. citizens about three potential human enhancements: gene editing in babies to reduce the risk of serious disease; the implementations of brian chips to improve cognitive...

https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2016/07/26/u-s-public-wa...
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Should This Exist?

Many of us are surrounded by technology with little thought given to how it may be affecting us or our society; new technologies enter the market on what can seem like a daily basis. Launched in February 2019, Should This Exist? is a new podcast that "drops listeners into the minds of today's edgiest entrepreneurs and guides them through the journey of foreseeing what technology might do to us,...

https://shouldthisexist.com
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Data & Society

Modern digital technology has transformed many aspects of our lives. In addition to their benefits, these technological innovations have also introduced new societal challenges and complexities. Such challenges are the target of Data & Society, an independent, non-profit research institute based in New York City that "is focused on the social and cultural issues arising from data-centric and...

https://datasociety.net/