Democratizing Technologies: Assessing the Roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures
November 13-15, 2014
University of California, Santa Barbara
How can NGOs produce more equitable and sustainable outcomes of new technologies? What are the implications of NGO participation in governance for democracy and technological advancement? These questions are the focus of a multidisciplinary, global conference to be held at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), November 13-15, 2014.
The NSF Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB is soliciting participants for Democratizing Technologies: Assessing the Roles of NGOs in Shaping Technological Futures.The conference features a diversity of speakers – scholars and representatives from NGOs, government, and industry – exploring questions of sustainable development, social responsibility, worker’s rights, and global governance in the context of rapid technological advancement. Technologies addressed will include nanotechnology, synthetic biology, new media, robotics, and GIS. Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof will kick off the event with a keynote address based on his new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.
This conference aims to attract an engaged community of practitioners who work at the intersection of emerging technologies and nongovernmental organizations. CNS welcomes all interested individuals to attend at tiered registration levels.
Basic registration is FREE. To register, please visit http://www.cns.ucsb.edu/demtech2014/registration.
Sponsors:This conference is being organized by the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at UCSB with significant funding support from the National Science Foundation. It is co-sponsored by Direct Relief International, the Fund for Santa Barbara, the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies.