The Three Paradoxes of Innovation Security

  • Brett EdwardsEmail author


This chapter outlines some of the central concepts and approaches to governance which dominate discussions of misuse concerns associated with emergent fields of innovation. The key conceptual contribution of this book is to highlight that we often speak at cross-purposes when considering control of new and emergent technological developments, and that this is acutely true for matters of national and international security. A good starting point in making sense of this is to realise that politics in this space has come to revolve around three central paradoxes which generate a range of apparent dilemmas for innovators and societies more broadly. While aspects of these dilemmas are ancient, much that characterises their contemporary manifestation are far younger than most people would assume. In this chapter, each of these paradoxes is introduced in turn.


Responsible research and innovation Technology assessment Disarmament 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics, Languages and International StudiesUniversity of BathBathUK

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