Considering the dilemma of societal alignment: A response.
Ribeiro Barbara, Philip Shapira, Paul Benneworth, Lars Bengtsson, Susanne Bührer, Elena Castro - Martínez, Meiken Hansen, Katharina Jarmai, Ralf Lindner, Julia Olmos - Peñuela, and Cordula Ott. 2020. Considering the dilemma of societal alignment: A response. SocArXiv.
The publication of our article “Introducing the dilemma of societal alignment for inclusive and responsible research and innovation” (Ribeiro et al., 2018) was accompanied by three commentaries (Guston, 2018; Nordmann, 2018; and Kuzma and Roberts, 2018).
In the original article, we invoked Collingridge’s dilemma of the social control of technology to introduce a complementary dilemma of “societal alignment” in the governance of science, technology and innovation. Thoughtful and challenging critiques were presented in the three commentaries. In this paper, as completed in June 2019, we respond to those critiques and, in so doing, seek to further clarify and extend our arguments.
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