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Studies of New and Emerging Technologies

Editor-in-Chief: Christopher Coenen

ISSN: 1871-4757 (print version)
ISSN: 1871-4765 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11569

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Christopher Coenen, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Germany


Laura CabreraMichigan State University, Center for Ethics & Humanities in Life Sciences, East Lansing, USA
Mario Kaiser, University of Basel, Science Studies, Switzerland
Colin Milburn, UC Davis, Department of English, USA
Martin Mullins, University of Limerick, Kemmy Business School, Department of Accounting and Finance, Ireland
John Weckert (Founding Editor), Charles Sturt University, Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, Canberra, Australia
Fern Wickson, GenØk Centre for Biosafety, Tromsø, Norway

Consulting Editors

Davis Baird, University of South Carolina, USA
Rafael Capurro, director of the International Center for Information Ethics, Germany
James Moor, Dartmouth College, USA
Pieter E. Vermaas, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

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Jürgen Altmann, Dortmund University, Germany
Fritz Allhoff, Western Michigan University, USA 
David Benatar, University of Cape Town, South-Africa
Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France
Rosalyn W. Berne, University of Virginia, USA
Christopher Bosso, Northeastern University,  School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, USA
Philip Brey, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Frans W.A. Brom, Scientific Council for Government Policy (WRR), The Hague, The Netherlands
Ruth Chadwick, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Stephen Clarke, Charles Sturt University, Australian National University, University of Melbourne, Australia
Jean-Pierre Dupuy, l'Ecole Polytechnique, France
Ursula Gibson, Dartmouth College, USA
Armin Grunwald, Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany
Gu Su, Nanjing University, China
David Guston, Arizona State University, USA
Soraj Hongladarom, Chulalongkorn University Bangkok, Thailand
Chennupati Jagadish, Australian National University, Australia
Fabrice Jotterand, Rueckert-Hartman College of Health Professions Regis University, Denver, USA
George Khushf, University of South Carolina
Harro van Lente, Science and Technology Studies, Maastricht University, The Netherlands
Veruscka Leso, University of Naples Federico II, Department of Public Health
Patrick Lin, The Nanoethics Group, Santa Barbera, USA
Sabine Maasen, Munich Center for Technology in Society, Technical University of Munich, Germany
Darryl Macer, RUSHSAP, UNESCO Bangkok, Thailand
Ruud ter Meulen, Emeritus Professor of Ethics in Medicine, Center for Ethics in Medicine, University of Bristol, United Kingdom
Andy Miah, Science Communication and Future Media, University of Salford Manchester, United Kingdom
Sonia E. Miller; S.E. Miller Law Firm, NY, USA
Alfred Nordmann, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Baroness Onora O'Neill, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Julian Savulescu, Oxford University, United Kingdom
René von Schomberg, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Terry Turney, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Gregor Wolbring, Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, , Department of Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, Canada

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    Nanoscale technologies are currently surrounded by both hype and fear. Optimists suggest that these technologies are desperately needed to solve problems of terrorism, global warming, the shortage of clean water, land degradation and health. Pessimists fear the loss of privacy and loss of autonomy, "grey goo" and weapons of mass destruction, and serious environmental and health risks. There is also concern about the fair distribution of the costs and benefits of the technology.   

    The field needs a forum for informed discussion of ethical and social issues related to nanotechnology to counterbalance popular discussions and fragmented representation of opinions and findings. NanoEthics: Ethics for Technologies that Converge at the Nanoscale provides this forum. 

    Nature of the journal

    This journal will be a multidisciplinary forum for exploration of issues presented by converging technology applications. While the central focus of the journal will be on the ethical issues, it is recognized that these discussions must be informed by, at least, the physical, biological and social sciences and the law. 


    NanoEthics: Ethics for Technologies that Converge at the Nanoscale will focus on the philosophically and scientifically rigorous examination of the ethical and societal considerations and the public and policy concerns inherent in nanotechnology research and development. These issues include both individual and societal problems, and include individual health, wellbeing and human enhancement, human integrity and autonomy, distribution of the costs and benefits, threats to culture and tradition and to political and economic stability. Additionally there are meta-issues including the neutrality or otherwise of technology, designing technology in a value-sensitive way, and the control of scientific research.  

    Readership and Editorial Board

    This journal will be of interest to researchers, scholars and students in the various disciplines related to nanotechnology, and to scientific and technological policymakers. The composition of the editorial board reflects the multidisciplinary approach of the journal.                                                            


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