This month’s nanotechnology post comes from the Electronic Privacy Information Center. Today I thought I’d share one of the most personally interesting articles I have read regarding nanotechnology. Although the content was generated close to a decade ago, this information is perhaps more relevant now than it has been since it was created.
“This essay seeks to investigate the societal impact of nanotechnology research and development, particularly on the area of individual privacy. Part I will present a brief overview of what nanotechnology is, as well as its future potential uses and possible risks. Part II examines the federal government's current role in nanotechnology research, specifically focusing on the federally funded program, the National Nanotechnology Initiative, as well as the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Department of Defense. Part III presents a synopsis of private sector efforts in nanotechnology advancements, and how other countries are approaching nanotechnology research and development. Part IV discusses some of the current challenges facing nanotechnology research and development. Finally, Part V examines the societal implications of nanotechnology, specifically focusing on the potential privacy risks and suggests possible ways in which to address these issues.”
Here is a link to the full article: http://epic.org/privacy/nano/