Science, Technology, and Policy

JIE's Science, Technology and Policy Program focuses primarily on the role of scientific development and technological innovation in human behavior, global and regional decisionmaking as it relates to science and technology, and the concurrent impacts on policy analysis and policy choices. The program covers topics including space exploration, information and telecommunication technologies, nano- and biotechnologies, and other aspects of science and technology policy. Program research is supported by government agencies, foundations, and the private sector.

  • How to Overcome the Risks of Artificial Intelligence

    Oct 22, 2015

    The warnings and promises of artificial intelligence aren't new, but advances in technology make them more pressing.

  • Learning to Stop Worrying and Love the Internet of Things

    Aug 4, 2015

    Late last month, Fiat Chrysler recalled 1.4 million cars to fix a defect that allowed hackers to imperil drivers from afar. In essence, what was considered a huge threat was converted into a solved or at least solvable problem.

  • Pay as You Go

    Jul 22, 2015

    Using vehicle miles traveled as a means of distributing the cost of maintaining America's roads and bridges may not be the only answer. But it represents the kind of innovative thinking that is necessary when this sector of the American transportation infrastructure is desperately in need of a fix.

  • How to Improve Oregon's Mileage-Fee Experiment

    Jul 7, 2015

    Oregon is rolling out the nation's first large-scale pilot to examine switching to a mileage fee instead of the gas tax. The trial is a welcome next step toward understanding how mileage fees can be deployed.

  • Has California's Ban on Hand-held Cell Phone Use Decreased Traffic Accidents?

    Jul 23, 2014

    In an effort to deter distracted driving and traffic accidents, California enacted a ban on hand-held cell phone use while driving. A study examines the issue, the success of the initiative — and what it means for the future.

  • A Vision for Qatar's School Transportation System

    Feb 21, 2012

    Considering the challenges associated with continued growth and demographic changes, the government of Qatar is interested in updating its school transportation system (STS). This volume assesses the perspectives of parents and school administrators, identifies a vision for the STS, and discusses strategies to achieve it.

  • Extending Copenhagen's Traffic Model May Help Reduce Congestion

    Feb 9, 2012

    RAND Europe is expanding the original traffic model it developed for Copenhagen to include time-of-day choice for car drivers. Doing so will allow city planners to assess the effectiveness of different charging policies aimed at reducing congestion levels.

  • How Will Migration Impact UK Transport and Congestion?

    Jan 10, 2012

    The UK Migration Advisory Committee asked RAND Europe to examine how migration is likely to impact transport networks and congestion. The resulting research is one of the first studies using UK data to provide an empirical evidence base about migrants' travel behavior and impacts.

  • Is the United States Losing Its Edge in Science and Technology?

    Jan 6, 2012

    On May 14, 2009, Titus Galama discussed the reality of U.S. competitiveness in science and technology and whether gains by China, India, and other nations are affecting America's chances of remaining a scientific leader.

  • The Characteristics of Cyberspace Pose Challenges to Those Who Seek to Defend It

    Dec 22, 2011

    It has become clear that Stuxnet-like worms pose a serious threat even to critical U.S. infrastructure and computer systems that are not connected to the Internet. However, defending against such attacks involves complex technological and legal issues.