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Assessing the quality of democratic deliberation

Assessing the quality of democratic deliberation: A case study of public deliberation on the ethics of surrogate consent for research was published in 2010 in Social Science & Medicine, Volume 70, Issue 12, Pages 1896-1903. Authors include Raymond De Vries, Aimee Stanczyk, Ian F. Wall, Rebecca Uhlmann, Laura J. Damschroder, Scott Y. Kim. Abstract “Deliberative democracy” is an increasingly popular method for soliciting public input on health care policies. There are a number of ways of organizing deliberative democracy (DD) sessions, but they generally involve gathering a […] (continue)

Experiences from National IT Projects–How Can It Be Done in a Better Way?

In the year 2000, the Danish Board of Technology resolved to gather together experiences from a number of large-scale public IT-projects and to assess common problems that the projects had run up against. Problems that served to occasion delays in the IT-systems, make them more expensive than originally planned and also, in several cases, frustrated expectations with respect to their practical value. The present report sets forth the results of this work. At the same time, it offers a series of recommendations about how people in the public-sector can get a grip on coming IT-projects. (continue)

Democratic Technologies? Final report of the Nanotechnology Engagement Group (NEG)

In laboratories across the world, new scientific territory is being uncovered everyday; territory that offers groundbreaking opportunities for society, as well as new risks and unexpected challenges. The power of technology is clear, but its governance is not. Who or what makes these world-shaping decisions? And in whose interests are they made? These are the questions posed by a growing number of researchers, NGOs, citizens, politicians and scientists who seek to challenge the way that science and technology is governed and invent new ways to democratise the development of new technologies. This 172-page report documents the progress of six projects that have sought to do just that - by engaging the public in discussions about the governance and development of nanotechnologies. Includes an Appendix listing 17 international public engagement projects (including their findings). (continue)