University as a Bridge from Technology to Society. IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (Cat. No.00CH37043)

8-8 Sept. 2000

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  • University as a Bridge from Technology to Society. IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (Cat. No.00CH37043)

    Publication Year: 2000
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  • The place of focal engineering in university education

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):67 - 78
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    The engineering enterprise is considered as a contextualized phenomenon. Three layers of context are pointed out. The immediate context is the realm of technological systems. These are embedded in the realm of systems in general. And systems are constructs arising out of the real world. On one hand, the contextualization of the engineering enterprise by socially constituted decisions coming from t... View full abstract»

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  • Promoting Internet literacy in isolated communities: a teaching experiment on information society at the University of the Aegean

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):63 - 66
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    Communicating science and technology (S&T) to the public has been revolutionised by the emergence of Internet. Since the early 1970s computer literacy has occupied the agenda of awareness actions addressed to the general public through the use of traditional channels of communication. Since 1994 ICT or rather Internet literacy has been at the center of concerns due to the exponential growth of... View full abstract»

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  • Wireless: from Marconi to McCaw

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):197 - 200
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    Looks at the new technological miracle known as cellular radio, PCS (personal communication services) or wireless communication. There may be some distinctions in the definition of each of the three, so for my purpose, I just call the subject “wireless”. The author traces the history of the subject, from Guglielmo Marconi (who, although his early experiments were restricted to sending ... View full abstract»

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  • Social competences and personal ethical development-soft skills or a need for survival?

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):57 - 61
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    The lack of social competence has become one of today's major problems in society throughout the world and is somehow a 21st century disease. The paper considers how changes in the world's economical systems coupled with new technical possibilities such as global networking and e-commerce have induced deep changes in social structures becoming more and more visible. The reflection of these changes... View full abstract»

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  • Internet marketing, consumer surveillance and personal privacy: social exchange or panoptic control?

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):275 - 278
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    The purpose of the paper is to address the tension between Internet marketers' routine collection and use of personal information, and consumer privacy concerns. Specifically, the paper identifies two contrasting perspectives into consumer surveillance associated with Internet marketing mechanisms and privacy concerns: the social exchange approach and the panoptic control approach. Following the b... View full abstract»

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  • Scientific, medical and industrial issues in breast and ovarian cancer genes research

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):91 - 99
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    This paper explores the strategies used by researchers in the study of breast and ovarian cancer genes. Researchers are confronted with a variety of important issues. First, they vie for financial support and recognition both inside and outside their scientific community. Second, they must deal with industry, whose interest lies in the development of potential tests and therapies. Third, they are ... View full abstract»

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  • Electromagnetic fields and precautionary policies

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):261 - 262
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    The article reviews precautionary approaches to EMF regulation that have been taken by several European countries. It also discusses a recent commentary by the European Commission on the use of the precautionary principle View full abstract»

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  • The teaching of social implications of technology: academic and deontological analysis of the impact of the new technologies on law

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):51 - 55
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    By the end of 1997 a proposal was made to the Superior Council of the Argentine Catholic University of Argentina to create the postgraduate course Lawyer Specialized in High Tech Law, approved by the Argentine Government on April 14, 1998, and granting a nation-wide valid diploma. The course is being attended by its third promotion, formed by lawyers, members of the Judiciary and of the Public Adm... View full abstract»

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  • A bridge over troubled water. The difficult crossing from academia to the `real world' of industry

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):193 - 195
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    Addresses the integration of junior scientists and technologists in industry and briefly reports some of the findings of a major survey conducted in Portugal among doctoral students and newly graduated PhDs. This paper examines career prospects and assesses the extent to which postgraduates are receptive to a job in industry. The findings show that postgraduates generally feel they are over-qualif... View full abstract»

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  • Implication of new technologies in deafness healthcare: deafness rehabilitation using prospective design of hearing aid systems

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):85 - 90
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    We consider how new technologies could be used, particularly in deafness healthcare. This concerns recent designs of hearing aid systems dedicated to restoring hearing, at least partially. In general, the apparatus could be in two basic forms: a conventional hearing aid dedicated to restore hearing loss that is not severs, and cochlear prostheses dedicated to restoring total or profound hearing lo... View full abstract»

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  • Controversy about possible health effects of mobile telephones and regulation of radiofrequency exposure

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):257 - 260
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    The article reviews recent scientific evidence related to possible links between brain cancer and use of mobile phones. It goes on to outline different open questions that the issue raises, pertinent to regulating health risks from new technologies View full abstract»

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  • Trust and monitoring in the workplace

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):245 - 250
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    Successful living in groups or in relationships requires some trust. In this paper, the idea of trust is explored and an account is given in terms of “seeing as”. While trust is perhaps not a moral notion, it is closely related to important moral notions, e.g. trustworthiness (obviously), and respect for others. It is difficult to have a well-functioning and happy community or workplac... View full abstract»

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  • The breakdown of a theory and the efforts to describe nature

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):47 - 50
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    Quantum theory and the general theory of relativity are the two celebrated discoveries of the twentieth century. The theory of gravity breaks down at Big Bang-the possible starting phase of the universe. Quantum theory is able to work in lower regimes of dimensions. If the predictions of quantum theory are correct, then it could provide a complete description of nature. Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen par... View full abstract»

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  • An exploratory study on business-to-consumer electronic commerce in China

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):229 - 233
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    International businesses have utilized the Internet with innovative strategies to expand their market and customer bases. Electronic commerce (e-commerce) is profoundly impacting and changing how business is conducted. It presents enormous opportunities for businesses and consumers throughout the world. While business-to-consumer (B2C) e-commerce has become an important issue with the rapid growth... View full abstract»

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  • Bringing expertise to the people: universities and citizen deliberation in the making of technology policy

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):13 - 18
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    This paper examines participatory public policy analysis practices and argues that, in light of resident expertise and professional culture, universities are the most appropriate institutional setting for such practices View full abstract»

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  • On complexity and interdisciplinarity: or how to bridge disciplinary cultures

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):35 - 40
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    The paper argues that the analysis of complex real systems requires two simultaneous strategies: progressive composition of factors and disciplinary interactions. Interdisciplinary curricula should be developed in the universities in order to promote creative “associations d'idees” to deal with complex situations View full abstract»

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  • GSM front-end to forest fire detection

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):133 - 136
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    Nowadays, University is one of the places where is possible to link the competitive business world and the challenges that society are concerned with. In this paper, a concrete example is proposed in order to show how technology can be used to look for solutions to environmental society concerns. University should not only deal with theoretical research, it must develop real-world products to fulf... View full abstract»

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  • The impact of the individual in IT standardisation

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):217 - 222
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    This paper contributes to a better understanding of how standards actually emerge, by having a closer look at what is going on inside standards-setting committees. It discusses the results of a study of long-standing members of committees in charge of standardising electronic messaging systems, from the ISO, the ITU and the IETF. I look at who they are, where they come from, which roles they assum... View full abstract»

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  • Introducing electricity in the indigenous community of Macareo, Orinoco Delta of Venezuela

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):201 - 206
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    Planners, facilitators and development agencies are facing many problems in introducing a new technology in indigenous communities. In this paper is presented a proposed framework for minimizing such problems. It considers social, ecological, economic and traditional aspects of the specific context studied. In addition to these considerations, community participation based on identification of loc... View full abstract»

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  • The mutual influences between technology and society: a contribution from the mechanical engineering diploma Universitario of the University of Rome la Sapienza

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):1 - 5
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    The aim of this work is to present some recent developments of the mutual actions which are exchanged between University, technology, and society. After an historical review, some new influence sources are pointed out and analyzed, taken from the direct experience of the organization of a three year diploma course of mechanical engineering at the Italian University level. In particular, the capaci... View full abstract»

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  • Engineering ethics education as a bridge from technology to society: the US experience

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):29 - 32
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    The last quarter of the twentieth century witnessed many notable changes in engineering education in the USA including a growing recognition of the importance of ethics and social responsibility. Although nearly 80% of US engineering graduates are not required to take ethics-related courses (Stephan, 1999), engineering ethics has begun to make its mark in engineering curricula: required courses in... View full abstract»

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  • Theories of technology and the making of public policy-taking local action in a global information society

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):297 - 302
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    Case studies of community informatics in North West England are used to assess the capacity of theories from the social studies of technology to inform public policy making. Our findings prompt us to look at models which link local action with global developments View full abstract»

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  • A decision support system for holistic technology assessment

    Publication Year: 2000, Page(s):269 - 274
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    The objective of our decision support system is to provide its users with an independent, objective and credible assessment of both mature and emerging technologies, taking into account aggregated technical, economic, social, strategic, and environmental criteria. It is well known that such holistic technology assessment is a process rather than a set of techniques, and involves consultation and i... View full abstract»

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