Some thoughts, points and reminders :
Always interpret the terms FIRST !
What is regulation ?
Who would do the regulating (governments? regulatory bodies?)
What would be controlled ?
- The developers / scientists / inventors’ processes
- The users (e.g. restricting access / making it a controlled product)
- The corporations / producers / marketers (the impact of patents)
- How the development is used (e.g. technologies for civilian use rather than military use, such as nuclear developments)
Justifications for regulation :
Integrity & authenticity of research : poor research causes problems for future developments
Impact on politics
Arguments against regulation :
Would there be a problems of : Access, whereby those who need it or can benefit from the development could be the ones left out when patents are used to regulate) ?
Freedom for users ?
Autonomy for scientists who want to push research boundaries , but in doing so may cross some controversial ethical lines ?
Thesis Statement : Regulation is justified as long as it benefits personal well-being and society, and regulation is not justified when it hinders progress that benefits the individual and society or when it results in inequality