Book Announcement: New book by Pax Christi International consultant Ineke Malsch explores "Future Technologies We Want"

 

by Rev. Paul Lansu, Senior Policy Advisor

The Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development concluded with the outcome document “The Future We Want.” In 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, with the special emphasis on the role of science and technology.

The book, “Future Technologies We Want”, is written by Ineke Malsch and explores how governments and stakeholders can cooperate in governing emerging technologies contributing to this common future. The three cases studied in the book are related to some of the topics of Pax Christi International: (1) technology could offer solutions to violent social conflicts over mining; (2) biotechnologies and life sciences cause biosecurity risks, which could be solved by engaging citizens in social solutions for strengthening biosecurity governance; and (3) drone technology has recently entered civil as well as military markets, giving rise to many legal, ethical and social questions and uncertainties. At this stage, the technology is still flexible and could be shaped through value sensitive design. The work of Pax Christi International is well covered in the book.

Ineke Malsch has been a consultant with Pax Christi International for about 15 years on the Biological and Toxic Weapons Conventions (BTWC). The book presentation took place in Utrecht on 26 March 2018 in which Fr. Paul Lansu, Senior Policy Advisor of Pax Christi International, participated in the panel debate. 

The book is published by Wolf Legal Publishers and can be ordered via https://www.bol.com/nl/p/future-technologies-we-want/9200000090384460/. See also www.ethicschool.nl/English.

 

Ineke Malsch, Paul Lansu, Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, Future Technologies We Want