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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 civilian and military drones

Unmanned and increasingly autonomous flight systems conquer the airspace. TATuP 3/2018 deals with possible paths of technology development, its actors, and the need for a legal framework for current and future fields of application.
Cover 3/2018

Today, so-called “drones” are used in different areas. The development of autonomous weapon systems is becoming a priority for more and more states. The UN and human rights organizations are already warning of potentially catastrophic consequences. However, drones also have great potential in the civilian area. They are hotly debated as a means of transport, in agriculture, or for the transportation of smaller loads on the so-called “last mile”.

What are the likely paths of further technology development? Who are the actors and what are their interests? What are the future fields of application and how does the legal framework for increasingly autonomous flight systems develop? These questions are addressed in the current TATuP 3/2018 “Drones in civilian and military use”. The SPECIAL TOPIC is edited by Karsten Weber (OTH Regensburg), Bernhard Rinke (Osnabrück University), and Christian Alwardt (Universität Hamburg).

The INTERVIEW is about technology assessment outside the European context. Poonam Pandey, researcher at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India, talks about her perspective on responsible technology development in health, energy, and agriculture. Also in the winter issue of TATuP: sociological perspectives on the health system regarding drug residues in drinking water and e-health as well as reviews, conference reports, and news from the TA community. (18.12.2018)

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