>Concerning Integrative Technology Assessment and the Information,
>Communication Technologies (ICT).
>I am currently engaged in a research project on "Integrative TA".
>This is being performed for DG XIII of the European Commission. One of the
>activities for this project is an international survey on "integrative TA"
>ITA is defined as a practice, in which during the actual performance of the
>RTD process (from its start-up to its final valorisation), the researchers
>and managers reflect upon and if possible study the societal consequences of
>their actions, e.g. the technologies they are developing. The results of
>such reflections and studies are used in a feed back process in the ongoing
>RTD project(s), and eventually in the entire RTD programme.
>While we have some information on Belgium, Germany, the
>Netherlands, we have very little or no information on the rest of Europe.
>Thus, I'm asking for you assistance, especially in the field of ICT.
>Are there any activities, which might be termed as "integrative (or
>integrated)" technology assessment going on within industry or the research
>community in your own countries? By "integrative" TA we mean the
>incorporation of aspects of technology assessment into strategic planning,
>the design of products or the execution of R&D projects. Such TA aspects
>typically include such things as the avoidance of undesirable side-effects
>of technology or the design of technology in a way that it is accepted and
>used more effectively by the intended users. Other well-known bracket terms
>are "constructive TA" or "proactive TA", and "concurrent engineering" is to
>some extent a related concept. This is just to give you an idea on the kind
>of activity we are interested in: a working definition is in progress as
>part of the project.
>I would be most grateful for any relevant information or other leads you can
>From the cases you bring up, we will select some of them for in depth
>It would also help me a lot if you could let me know this as soon as possible.
Studies on Media, Information and Telecommunication.
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Pleinlaan 2, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
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