RAND study: "Biotechnology and
At the request of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
RAND has recently completed a 125-page report titled "Information
Biological Revolutions: Global Governance Challenges."
and Caroline S. Wagner prepared the report and convened the
study group on which it is based.
A summary,focusing on human genetic technologies, was published
magazine (November 1999) as "Biotechnology and Global Governance."
There, Fukuyama and Wagner write that "[in] the early part
of the 21st
century,...human genetic manipulation and bioinformatics...[will]
human capabilities so significantly and so profoundly that they
fundamentally alter the very notion of what we think of as human....[T]he
level of control that is in the hands of the individual makes
governance much more complex than is the case with technologies
nuclear technology] that require collection action to build,
maintain....It is useless..to think about governance except
in an inter-
Fukuyama and Wagner argue that a "top-down or positivist
not work." So strong is their antipathy to government regulation
they propose "citizen councils" and non-governmental
appropriate governance bodies.
For the summary: <http://www.cisp.org/imp/november_99/11_99wagner.htm>.
For the full report: <http://www.rand.org/publications/MR/MR1139>.