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Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)

Editors TATuP

Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
D-76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen

ISSN (Print) 1619-7623
ISSN (Online) 2199-9201

TATuP – Journal of Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice


TATuP – Journal of Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice is published three times a year as an reviewed Open Access journal, edited by the editorial staff at the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) in cooperation with the oekom publishing house in Munich. The journal continues under its new name a series of freely accessible journals on technology assessment issues published by ITAS since 1992.

The current issue and all information about TATuP can be found at www.tatup.de.



TATuP on Normativity in TA

Technology assessment (TA) has to deal with the conflict between commitment and neutrality. The current TATuP issue 1/2019 questions the myth of neutrality in TA and wants to further the debate on its normative aspects.
Cover 1/2019

Since its beginnings in the 1970s, TA asserts its claim to neutrality and impartiality. However, a closer look reveals that normative aspects influence the selection of analyzed technologies and analytical perspectives or the evaluation of research results.

“The spell of neutrality as the myth of TA is broken”, explain Linda Nierling and Helge Torgersen, editors of the TATuP special topic. For TA, this leads to the urgent question of its own implicit and explicit norms and values. What is their nature? And how can they be brought in line with scientific quality criteria? The authors of the current TATuP special topic “Normativity in technology assessment” provide answers to these and other questions.

This issue’s interview contains a controversial discussion: Armin Grunwald (Head of ITAS, KIT) and Pierre Delvenne (Associate Director of SPIRAL Research Centre, University of Liège) debate about commitment and neutrality in TA and the relation between TA and democracy.

Also in TATuP’s spring issue: Reflections on a TA for the society of singularities, a search for traces of the bias of algorithms as well as reviews, conference reports, and news from the community. (04.04.2019)

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