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The 3rd Nanotechnology and Society Workshop organized by the Science, Technology and Society Initiative and the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing addresses emerging oversight and policymaking systems for regulation and guidance of nanotechnology research, applications, and impacts. Among the questions to be discussed: What are the relative roles of public, private and non-profit actors in the provision of policy guidance? To what extent and in what ways do existing processes serve well? What are the key gaps in existing processes? What are the effects of globalization, advances in computing, economic crises and other trends on nanotechnology policymaking and oversight processes and arrangements?  What can be learned from concepts of emergence and social construction that would shed light on current developments in nanotechnology policymaking?

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This workshop is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0531171. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.



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