A couple of weeks back, my colleague David Guston wrote here about engaging the public on nanotechnology. In his piece he gave an excellent overview of the US government’s activities – or relative lack of them – on public engagement in this area. But I also felt that some questions on why we should encourage public participation in nanotechnology in the first place – and how the government should think about approaching this – were left unanswered. So to continue where David left off, I would like to explore these questions a little further.
To start with, why do public deliberation on nanotechnology? The simplest answers are because it’s the right thing to do, and because it’s a useful thing to do.
Let’s take those one at a time: Continue reading Public participation in nanotechnology – should we care?