RTTA 2 leader describes Brave New (Online) World for science policy

April 23, 2013

Headshot of Dietram Scheufele

We live in an age where new technologies hit the marketplace at a rate that far outpaces society's ability to engage in meaningful political debates about their ethical, legal and political implications. Synthetic biology, nanotechnology and Big Data are only a few recent examples of emerging technologies that have broad implications for society and policy. But the recent increase in complex science and technology development coincides with a deterioration in mainstream science journalism, one of the institutions that has traditionally helped translate science outcomes for lay and policy audiences.

A recent talk by RTTA 2 leader Dietram Scheufele from the University of Wisconsin focuses on what we can we learn from recent work in the social sciences about strategies for navigating this brave new world of science policy.

Along with Elizabeth Corley, Dr. Scheufele leads the Real-Time Technology Assessment (RTTA 2) research thrust at CNS-ASU that explores the understanding of nanotechnology among the general public and the role of the media in reflecting and influencing that understanding.

Enjoy the presentation below, and leave your thoughts on this brave new world in the comments.

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