Volume 88 Issue 20 | pp. 25-26
Issue Date: May 17, 2010

Tech Assessment Makes A Comeback

Government, independent networks aim to enhance public understanding of science, technology impacts
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Economy
Keywords: Technology assessment

After more than a decade of neglect, efforts to ramp up technology assessment—the practice of looking at the broad social implications of new science and technology—are under way in the U.S. Discussions are even starting to take place between the government and independent institutions on ways to integrate traditional models that incorporate expert technical opinions with emerging methods that consider the views of laypeople.

Technology assessment has been lagging in the U.S. since the Republican-led . . .

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