[SIGCIS-Members] SHOT session seeking submissions soonest: “It will happen here”: Fears of new technologies and efforts to shape their evolution

Jonathan Coopersmith j-coopersmith at tamu.edu
Tue Mar 28 07:33:05 PDT 2023

Dear SIGCIS members,

Would you like to join this session proposal?  In the spirit of Kranzberg’s
First Law, “Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral,” this
session examines discussions and attempted governance of emerging
technologies that promised great benefits – and potentially equally great
dangers.  While the current attention to AI
is the most prominent current example, drones over public spaces
biohacking <https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7004414/>, and Big
are other areas where future policy might benefit from better understanding
and analysis of earlier iterations of those and other technologies.

This session is looking for papers examining how proponents, critics, think
tanks, non-profits, technical societies, governments and citizens responded
to concerns about the negative potential of new technologies.  Did these
concerns shape the evolution of the technology and its control and
regulation?  Were the concerns justified?  What types of arguments and
evidence did participants use?  Any guidance for current discussions?

If you are interested, please let me know ASAP – the session proposal
deadline is April 1.

Initially, just a title and a few sentences will do.

By March 31, a 150-250 word abstract and any suggested improvements to the
session overview and title.

Stay sane,


Jonathan Coopersmith
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Professor (retired)
Department of History
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX  77843-4236
979.739.4708 (cell)

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