Problem

Public non-accountability of organizations developing technology

Nature:
Many institutions including corporations, military commands, research institutes and universities developing technology are not accountable to the public in any way for the use or consequences of the products they are developing. In large part, the highly competitive atmosphere in which research is done results in great efforts to maintain secrecy during the development process and in some cases after the product is in use; for example, the Stealth Bomber was virtually operational before it came to the public's attention. Also, in many cases the impact of a product is not clear until after the product has been in use for some time. But the main reasons for the failure in accountability to the public are neither the public wants the responsibility nor the organization wants to be accountable.
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Date of last update
01.01.2000 – 00:00 CET