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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 by ITAS on Technology Assessment


"Technology Assessment – Theory and Practice" (TATuP) is the scientific journal which is published by the "Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis" (ITAS) since 1992. The issues are published open access. The articles concerning the main focus are revised by scientists working in this area. TATuP is published in a print version as well as online.



Issue 2/2014 of the ITAS journal "Technology Assessment – Theory and Practice" (TATuP) has been published [31.07.2014]

Cover Heft 2 / 2014
Cover Issue 2 / 2014

Under the heading "Risikodiskurse / Diskursrisiken" (Risk Discourses / Discourse Risks), the central theme addresses linguistic depictions of technological risks and their consequences: How are challenges, expectations, potentials, and uncertainties of technologies negotiated and dealt with as "risks" in discourses? How does communication among the people involved in the discussion work? The editors of the central theme – the sociologist Andreas Lösch and the linguist Marcus Müller – invited authors from both disciplines to present analyses of sociological and linguistic discourse research. The contributions reveal the differences between the two types of discourse research and show how their insights can enrich TA as impact research.

Furthermore, the current issue features an interview: Christoph Braß, former Head of Directorate at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), answers questions on the citizens' dialogues "Technologies and Topics of the Future" (energy technologies, high-tech medicine, demographic change) conducted by the BMBF between 2011 and 2013. These dialogues were innovative not only in terms of their size, scope and political involvement, but especially also due to the active role the ministry played in the conception and implementation. The challenges and opportunities of the dialogues are impressively described in the interview.

The discussion forum this time addresses two topics: Ulrich Dolata and Jan-Felix Schrape critically ask whether the so-called "App Economy" actually leads to a democratization of the software market. Bettina-Johanna Krings in her contribution explains the social science perspective on technical care and assistance systems in times of demographic change. Finally, the issue includes three reports on TA projects, book reviews, conference reports, as well as news from ITAS, TAB, and the Network TA (NTA).

Related links:

  • You can find the table of contents and the articles of issue 2/2014 of "Technology Assessment – Theory and Practice" here.
  • An overview of the main focuses of the last issues here.