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Science, Technology and Society

Fall 2009

Based in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Public Policy and Administration, the STS Initiative is a catalyst for inter-disciplinary, collaborative research among the natural, physical and social sciences, engineering and public policy and a locus of engagement with governments, NGOs, business and civil society. Much of our work is international in scope reflecting the global nature of science and technology. The Initiative builds on and amplifies faculty research interests.

This e-newsletter highlights recent research, teaching and engagement activities in the STS portfolio.


News & Updates
noveck NCDG Hosts US Deputy Chief Techology Officer
Beth Noveck, director of the Obama administration’s Open Government Initiative, spoke on “Open Government: Transparency, Participation, and Collaboration” on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. The event was organized by the National Center for Digital Government and the Qualtiative Data Analysis Program. More | Video
ncdg NCDG Co-Sponsors Korea-US ICT Forum at World Bank
The National Center for Digital Government (NCDG) co-sponsored the 2nd Korea-U.S. Information and Communication Technology-Based Policy Forum at the World Bank on November 5, 2009. This year’s forum provided a unique opportunity for dialog between Korean and U.S. experts on national information technology enablement, green IT, knowledge infrastructure, and job creation in knowledge-based economies. More
qdap QDAP Lab Grand Opening
The Qualitative Data Analysis Program is pleased to annouce its new lab in room 345, in the Lederle Lowrise. Stop by today!
ohim Fountain, Galindo & Rothschild research European Union's Paperless Office
Jane Fountain, Raquel Galindo (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Jeffrey Rothschild (NCDG undergradute fellow), are writing a case study on the European Union's paperless office, the Office of Harmonization in the Internal Market. The case study resulting from this research will be avaialble for classroom use in 2010. More
pcat Public Comment Analysis Toolkit Launched
Researchers in the Qualitative Data Analysis Program at UMass Amherst and University of Pittsburgh have launched free, Web-based beta version of the Public Comment Analysis Toolkit (PCAT) to enable government officials to listen to and engage with the American public about regulations that impact their lives and businesses. More
pcat Google Sponsors JITP2010


fountain Fountain Reappointed to World Economic Forum's Council
Jane Fountain, Political Science and Public Policy, has been appointed for a second year to the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government. The information and recommendations developed in the Councils provide the central ideas and proposals presented at the WEF’s annual meeting of world leaders in Davos, Switzerland. More

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ncdg NCDG Welcomes Visiting Scholars
The National Center for Digital Government is pleased to welcome two research fellows for the 2009-2010 year. Ruixin Zhang is a Professor of Public Administration in the College of Administration at Jilin University in China. Fang Wang is an Associate Professor of Information Management at the Business School of Nankai University in Tianjin,
China. Erdem Erkul, PhD candidate at Ankara University, Turkey, continued with the NCDG through the Fall semester.

Shulman Serves on National Research Council Committee
Stuart Shulman, Political Science, has been invited to serve on the "Committee to Investigate the Relationship between Threatening Communications and Actual Behavior" within the US Secret Service. The Committee, appointed by the National Research Council's Board on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Sensory Sciences, designed a two-day workshop on the relationship between threatening communications sent to Secret Service protectees and actual behavior.

fountain Fountain gives Invited Lecture at Erasmus University, Netherland
Jane Fountain gave an invited lecture at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands on November 19, 2009. The talk, "Networking for Obama: on the role of Web 2.0 in 2008 presidential election," explored the role of new technologies like blogs and social networking sites in the Obama and McCain campaigns. More


Upcoming Events
jitp CFP: The Politics of Open Source
The Journal of Information Technology and Politics announces its second annual interdisciplinary JITP conference, "The Politics of Open Source." The conference will take place May 6-7, 2010 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. A complete call for papers is available here.

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