“Participatory technology assessment is one solution to the apathy and frustration that has settled over today’s political climate,” writes Katie Reeves, a graduate student studying science and technology policy at the University of Michigan.
If Congress is truly concerned about the will of the people, and if its representatives wish to use public opinion as evidence in support of or against agency initiatives, it must take seriously the idea of citizen engagement and developing a better understanding of national consensus.
While there are examples of the government trying to engage the public on matters of policy and practice through platforms such as the open government initiative, … , the mere designation of space for dialogue does not necessarily ensure generation of usable knowledge.
A NYT article failed to mention City government’s proactive role in setting up public outreach long before protests led to the cancellation of the Heshan uranium plant.
The general public is largely excluded in science policymaking on the grounds that they are uninformed and therefore unable to contribute.
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.