Monday, February 20, 2006

Strategies for Nano Legislation in Germany: “Creating Public Pressure”

Reacting to a new report about the potential dangers of military applications of nanotech, German policy makers are already beginning to think about public communication strategies to build support for arms control legislation in the area of nanotechnology. Uta Zapf, Chairwoman of the Arms Control Subcommittee in the German General Assembly and a member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), was pessimistic, however. “Even with this report it will be difficult to create enough public pressure, especially without any of the new weapons being on the market yet.”

The report was released in book form yesterday in Berlin. The study was funded by the German Foundation for Peace Research (Deutsche Stiftung Friedensforschung).


Mohamad Mova Al 'Afghani said...

I agree on your national legislation program.

Professor, I'd propose an international convention banning certain class of nanoweapons and non-proliferation of MNT capabiliy.