The Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) provides a unique opportunity to explore some
of the major debates in the sociology of science and technology in an internationally-comparative framework. The basic technological Innovations this network will use are electronic transmitters to be implanted on or in marine mammals and fish, with acoustic signals being monitored by receivers arranged in at least fourteen different oceans
(surrounding all seven continents). The tags will not only track animal mobility, but will provide information on ocean conditions, including factors such as temperature and depth. The primary metaphor which has been employed to describe these receivers is “listening curtains”. This paper, coming in the very early days of the project, will provide a descriptive framework with which to assess the research. The paper will also evaluate appropriate comparative frameworks for social science analysis, examine the applicability of actor-network-theory (ANT) as a suitable approach to science and technology questions; and consider potential policy implications for industry, government and community.
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Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada