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Choosing Technologies

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Abstract

Recognising the political effects of technology is one element in establishing democratic control over it. The other crucial element is determining how we should judge technology and its effects. How do we make a coherent choice between technologies? How do we measure malign effects against benign ones? Is there a rational, democratic way of choosing technologies? These questions are the concern of the rest of this book. Our attention, therefore, is shifting from the institutions and the circumstances which currently frame technological decisions, to the arguments about the political ideas and possible procedures to be applied to those decisions.

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© John Street 1992

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