Thursday, April 26, 2007

P2 in Nanotechnology Efforts

Kathy Hudson, Ph.D. reports on the use of technology and deliberative democracy in a series of town hall meetings about nanotechnology. Her findings show that more people attended town hall meetings (including community leaders and policymakers), that attendees were more "tech-savvy" and "those with a “point of view”. These meetings also generated more media attention. According to Hudson, "online groups were more representative of the general population, allowed more in-depth discussions, and changes in attitudes could more reliably be tested. However, they had less of an impact on the policy discussion."

The same report (in subsequent pages) discusses other nanotechnology public participation projects. One other project report included uses technology (Tom Beierle's online discussion project).
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