Nanotechnologies: Where should they take us? Have your say

Ethical and Societal Aspects of Nanotechnology, ICT and Security (3rd Annual Report)

The report summarises the ethical discussions that are connected to nanoelectronics and their ICT applications. The report is also the summary of a number of interviews that were conducted with experts in the field. The report highlights the existing distance between ICT research and development and ethical/social debates that are arising on the topic. The report notes how this gap should be addressed by integrating ELSA in ICT research (as it is now done in nanomedicine, for example)


The aim of the OBSERVATORYNANOI project was to support policy makers through the provision of wide-ranging scientific and economic analysis of nanoscience and nanotechnology developments, together with the assessment of ethical and societal aspects, impacts on environment, health and safety, as well as developments in regulation and standardization. The project focused on 10 technology sectors: Aerospace, Automotive & Transport; Agrifood; Chemistry and Materials; Construction; Energy; Environment; Healthcare; Information and Communication Technology; Security; Textiles


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About nanopinion

  • nanopinion is an EC-funded project bringing together 17 partners from 11 countries with the aim of monitoring public opinion on what we hope from innovation with nanotechnologies. The project is aimed citizens with a special focus on hard-to-reach target groups, which are people who do not normally encounter and give their opinion nanotechnologies at first hand.
  • Dialogue is facilitated online and in outreach events in 30 countries presenting different participatory formats.
  • To promote an informed debate, we also run a strong press & social media campaign and offer a repository with more than 150 resources.
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