From cases to capacity? A critical reflection on the role of ‘ethical dilemmas’ in the development of dual-use governance

Edwards, Brett, Revill, James and Bezuidenhout, Louise (2014) From cases to capacity? A critical reflection on the role of ‘ethical dilemmas’ in the development of dual-use governance. Science and Engineering Ethics, 20 (2). pp. 571-582. ISSN 1353-3452

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Abstract

The dual-use issue is often framed as a series of paralyzing ‘dilemmas’ facing the scientific community as well as institutions which support innovation.
While this conceptualization of the dual-use issue can be useful in certain contexts
(such as in awareness-raising and as part of educational activities directed at the
scientific community) its usefulness is more limited when reflecting on the governance
and politics of the dual-use issue. Within this paper, key shortcomings of the
dilemma framing are outlined. It is argued that many of the issues raised in the most
recent debates about ‘dual-use’ bird flu research remain unresolved. This includes
questions about the trajectories of certain lines of research, as well as broader trends
in the practice and governance of science. This leads to difficult questions about
current approaches to the dual-use issue within the US, as well as internationally.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Dual-use - Ethics - H5N1 - Risk - Bio-weapons - New and emerging science and technologies - Governance
Schools and Departments: School of Business, Management and Economics > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ5511.2 Promotion of peace. Peaceful change
J Political Science > JZ International relations > JZ5511.2 Promotion of peace. Peaceful change > JZ5587 International security. Disarmament. Global survival
Depositing User: James Revill
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 08:41
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 11:05
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45362

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