STPP's Technology Assessment Clinic (TAC) is a research-intensive thinktank dedicated to anticipating the implications of emerging technologies and using these insights to develop better technology policies. It uses an analogical case study approach to analyze the social, economic, ethical, and political dimensions of emerging technologies (e.g., facial recognition, autonomous vehicles, CRISPR therapy in humans, digital health apps). As it conducts these evaluations, it is developing a distinct approach that can be applied to technologies in a range of areas.
TAC launched in Fall 2019, with seed funding from the STPP program. The first case study will be on the use of facial recognition technology in schools; the report will be published in Spring 2020.