Center for Responsible Nanotechnology

The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology (CRN), founded in December, 2002, is a non-profit research and advocacy organization with a focus on molecular manufacturing and its possible effects, both positive and negative.

CRN provides information to journalists, business leaders, policymakers and the general public about the environmental, humanitarian, economic, military, political, social, medical, and ethical implications of advanced nanotechnology.

CRN is an affiliate of World Care , an international non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. As of 2007, CRN's Director of Research is Chris Phoenix, and its Executive Director is Mike Treder.

In August 2005, a task force of more than sixty international experts from various fields was organized by CRN to develop comprehensive recommendations for the safe and responsible use of nanotechnology. A series of eleven essays written by members of this CRN Task Force was published in March 2006 by the journal Nanotechnology Perceptions The Center has sometimes been criticised for concentrating too heavily on the dangers posed by nanotechnology.

The Center for Responsible Nanotechnology maintains a weblog and a wiki (see below).


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