Decision making across the information, technology and sustainability landscape: towards breadth and coherence: Project report

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Abstract

My research focuses on the laws relevant to innovation and creativity (particularly intellectual property and information control) and their impact on societal challenges such as health, communications and climate change. Other laws and policy activities tend to exist in respect of these challenges: for example, regarding climate change, there is the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 1992 (including most recently the Paris Agreement), Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, an EU focus on smart grids and (varying) approaches to encouraging the developing of renewable technologies through incentives and subsidies.

My project proceeded from the premise that legislation and policy which are relevant to one goal may not take into account other goals – say, patent legislation does not refer to climate change. Can this lead to decision making within a scenario from the perspective of one law, which does not take into account other laws which have been passed? Is this indeed true? If so is it a problem? Are some fields properly not relevant or a distraction, as some might argue for IP in respect of climate change? Trade offs are perhaps unavoidable but does this (perhaps unwittingly?) render irrelevant (some) activism and policy making? A second premise is not all laws have the same enforcement framework so this may lead to a hierarchy of laws.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2016
EventDecision making across the information, technology and sustainability landscape: towards breadth and coherence - London, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Apr 201613 Apr 2016

Workshop

WorkshopDecision making across the information, technology and sustainability landscape
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period13/04/1613/04/16

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