• Spring 2018 Issues in Science and Technology

    The latest issue features compelling policy proposals that can help society better manage momentous changes.

    Can policymaking keep pace with the social, technological, and environmental upheavals we are currently experiencing? That question is central to several of the Feature essays in the Spring 2018 Issues in Science and Technology.

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  • How the Public Can Inform Science and Technology Policy: The Case of Planetary Defense

    How can participatory technology assessment (pTA) be used to impact science and technology policy?

    ASU Now

    CSPO and partners brought a variety of members of the Washington science policy community, media and academic organizations to participate in a mini-version of a public deliberation on asteroid detection to demonstrate the value of the pTA process of engaging citizens in informed and facilitated dialogue with experts and decision-makers.

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  • CSPO Has Moved!

    CSPO joins Arizona State University's other DC-based programs in a new building in downtown Washington, DC.

    Our new offices are in the Ambassador Barbara Barrett and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center at Arizona State University, at 1800 I Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

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  • Engaging the Public on Genetically Engineered Algae

    Experts and regulators agree that regulating emerging technologies often requires deeper engagement with public values and perspectives. A recent workshop led by CSPO provides specific recommendations.

    Sonia Dermer

    The US Environmental Protection Agency partnered with the Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology network to expand their engagement of citizens in the agency’s rule-making process regarding genetically engineered algae.

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  • Winter 2018 Issues in Science and Technology

    What role is there for policy expertise when evidence, facts, consistency, and honesty seem increasing neglected in Washington, DC's political circus?

    Even as political discourse in the United States has devolved into cable-news shouting, most experts remain committed to addressing national challenges with thoughtful and pragmatic approaches. We are pleased to feature several of them in the Winter 2018 Issues in Science and Technology.

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  • Helping Communities Prepare for a Hotter, Drier Future

    In a unique forum discussion, citizens deliberated strategies for dealing with extreme heat and drought.

    As the Southwest experiences higher average temperatures and prolonged drought conditions, increasing resilience to these climate hazards through citizen deliberation and community preparedness has never been more critical.

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Blog: As We Now Think

Misreading the Crowd

New research suggests that politicians systematically misperceive constituent perspectives on a range of issues. Lawmakers and their legislative priorities are remarkably unpopular with the public as a result. How can politicians and government organizations better understand and represent citizen perspectives? US government institutions often have difficulty connecting with the citizenry that they serve. Sometimes this […]

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Naming and Framing Citizen Concerns about Emerging Technology

How can researchers engage the public on complex, profoundly important science and technology issues? First, throw out the deficit model of science communication and listen to the concerns of everyday citizens. Kettering Foundation research has long found that there is real political power to be had in the way issues are named and framed. The […]

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Where Genome Editing and Artificial Intelligence Collide

New technologies present mind-bending possibilities for human “optimization.” But should we use them? From self-driving cars to the recent Equifax cyberattacks, headlines about emerging technologies remind us that the world is quickly changing in complex and unpredictable ways. The biomedical field is no exception. Just this August, the front page of major media outlets reported […]

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