TA without borders


Quite a number of countries have established an institution analyzing new technologies or technology trends, interpreting their implications for society, the environment, the economy and policymaking and encouraging public debate and informed decision-making. E-democracy, social bots as opinion makers, new medicines for neglected diseases… here’s a (not exhaustive) overview of what other TA-institutions in Europe are working on right now.

The Rathenau Institute in Den Haag is focusing on three main questions over the next two years: Trust in digitalisation, expert and citizen input in decision-making ant the transition to a future-proof knowledge ecosystem (detailed work-program here).

The Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in London is currently working on issues such as causes of obesity, distributed ledger technology (blockchain) or informal caregiving (details here).

TAB, Bureau für Technikfolgenabschätzug am Deutschen Bundestag, after having dedicated a publication to social bots as potential opinion makers, is studying, among other topics, algorithms in digital media and their influence on opinion formation (all current research here).

ITAS, Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse, in Karlsruhe is taking a closer look at the sharing economy, assisted living and shale gas, and a lot more.

ITA, Institut für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung der Österreichischen Akademie
der Wissenschaften, in Vienna is working on artificial intelligence in social networks, additive manufacturing (3D-printing) and how to involve citizens in research and innovation processes in the domain of nanotechnology. The complete list of projects ITA is currently working on here.

The Norwegian Board of Technology is busy finding answers to the question of how

Norway can develop competitive, export-oriented high tech businesses outside of the oil and gas cluster in 2030. More on this project here.
New projects of the 22 institutions forming the EPTA-Network (European Parliamentary Technology Assessment) can also be found here.





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