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Pres. Obama's Choices for New Bioethics Commission

4/8/10- A White House press release announced that (1) President Obama released the names of 10 individuals whom he intends to appoint to the recently created Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.

The President previously named the chair and vice chair of the Commission—University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann and Emory University President James Wagner—in exploring bioethical issues anticipated to emerge from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology.

Read the terms of Executive Order (2) that created the new Commission.
The new Commission differs in several ways from bioethics commissions created by previous Administrations, well described in the press release. For example,
the selected Commissioners are highly diverse in terms of professional backgrounds, geography, and experience. In a break from past practice, most are not professional bioethicists, but rather have worked and demonstrated extraordinary proficiency in an array of fields burdened with difficult challenges at the intersection of science, technology, and ethics….[reflecting] a growing society-wide recognition that many of today’s most difficult decisions at the boundaries of science and society are not just about biology and medicine but involve hardware, software and related technologies such as robotics.

Note about this post: Following up on the AP via Yahoo! News story (3) on the recent Google case in Italy, the just released 111 page decision provides the judicial reasoning to support that decision. Simon Chester , an author on the Canadian weblog, Slaw, has made available the 111 page decision (in Italian) linked via his post. The news about the White House Admin’s Bioethics Commission was also reported in the website’s crossborder biotech section.(4)
Of interest in the Google case: Milan Judge Oscar Magi’s judicial reasoning for imposing liability on 3 Google employees (including Google’s global privacy counsel) focuses on the Internet giant seeking profit when it hosted an online video of an autistic teen being bullied and so violated the teen’s privacy . Slaw is a cooperative Canadian weblog on things legal.
(1) http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/04/08/president-announces-choices-new-bioethics-commission
(2)http://www.bioethics.gov/documents/Executive-Order-Establishing-the-Bioethics-Commission-11.24.09.pdf http://www.bioethics.gov/
(3) http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100412/ap_on_hi_te/eu_italy_google_3
(4) http://www.slaw.ca/2010/04/12/google-decision-from-judge-magi-available-here/#ixzz0l62ilHJw

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