Expert & Citizen Assessment of Science & Technology
This report about participatory technology assessment (pTA) is prepared by ECAST members. Our primary motivation is to articulate the role that a network like ECAST might play in conducting and institutionalizing pTA in the U.S.
This news item, “Citizen Science, Citizen Policy,” by @SciCurious, was featured on Scientific American’s website.
When you think of citizen science, what do you think of? I know in my case, I think of people out (maybe with their kids) measuring snowfall, finding birds, or listening at night to hear different kind of insects in various environments.
David E. Blockstein, Senior Scientist National Council for Science and the Environment, reflecting on his observation of ECAST’s World Wide Views on Biodiversity Project.
During this event we will explore one approach to pTA, the World Wide Views exercise on Biodiversity, a global citizen consultation held in 25 countries on September 15, 2012 that … Continue reading
The report addresses the state of pTA in the U.S. with some reference to other countries, and focus in particular on WWViews as a case study to explore the strategies and capabilities of ECAST.
Panel focuses on opportunities for bridging the gaps between experts, stakeholders and the general public, between technology assessment and participatory technology assessment, and between EPTA and ECAST.
Sadowski, a graduate student at Arizona State University, makes an appeal for nonpartisan advice and processes without settling on the OTA model as a contemporary solution
The session communicated a provocative example of a public engagement exercise possessing a formal structure for involving a cross-section of citizens in targeted discussions with an explicit aim to reach policy makers.
Rick Worthington addresses concerns that the UN Convention on Biodiversity, whose Eleventh Council of Parties is now concluding its deliberations in Hyderabad, is weak, compromised, or both.