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Soldiers in the laboratory: Military involvement in science and technology - and some alternatives

> SGR, January 2005, 84pp (pdf) (...)

This report documents the power and influence of the military in the governance and direction of science, engineering and technology in the UK over the past twenty years, particularly with regards to research and development (R&D). It examines whether some reallocation of the resources that the military currently devotes to weapons-related Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) would contribute better to the goals of peace, social justice and environmental sustainability. Finally, it considers the argument that the concept of security can be more broadly defined, so as to include measures to forestall many of the pressing challenges facing the world today, such as climate change and a range of poverty-related issues.


date of on-line publication : 13 January 2006


USA: The Pharmaceutical Industry Stalks the Corridors of Power

> CorpWatch, Feb 2001 (...)

Whilst now out of date in view of current developments, this article gives insights into the power the pharmaceutical industry yields within the White House, and consequently at a global scale also. Furthermore, it brings to attention the reality over the industry’s claims that it needs to protect itself financially to fund new R&D (Research and Development), by highlighting the US government’s role in R&D.  read

date of on-line publication : 13 December 2005

SHARMA Sudhirendar

Little space for grassroots innovations

> 3 May 2005, India Together (...)

This article reflects on the role technology can play to lift people out of poverty and how the media should reflect this. Taking the example of India’s demographic situation, the author questions why we should believe that one model fits all. Lack of funding for appropriate technology programmes - which could be simple in design but ultimately carrying a tangible positive impact on communities (e.g. those using renewable energy) contrasts with the investment in purely market-driven ‘hi-tech’ programmes. Conversely, the article continues, new patent laws will allow companies to pool the informal knowledge that exists.  read

date of on-line publication : 18 November 2005

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