Democratization of Technological Governance: This is Not Your Mother’s pTA

October 27, 2016

In its 2016 budget request to the President, NASA listed conducting a participatory technology assessment (pTA) for its Asteroid Initiative, a first for a US federal agency, among its accomplishments for 2015. This month a US Government Accountability Office (GAO) report highlighted the same project among “7 practices that agencies can use to effectively engage the public.” Yet the road to getting from “Forget Politicizing Science” to “Let’s Democratize Science” has not been easy. Watch CSPO DC associate director Mahmud Farooque to learn how entrepreneurship and engagement in the nation’s capital is transitioning CSPO’s “motherhood and apple pie” policy concepts into practice.