Resources in this section show how empiricism and evidence-based decisions are used to shape public policy. As an introduction, watch this video from TEDxVirginiaTech, in which Siddhartha Roy discusses the importance of science in policy making and the way that empirical policy was critical to unraveling the Flint water crisis.
Sources contained in this section deal with how science and technology affect the actual performance and functioning of democracy (e.g., voting, polling, and protesting).
As an introduction to this topic consider viewing the <i>Wired</i> magazine video below, in which Larry Norden of NYU's Brennan Center for Justice explains how voting technology will affect citizens' voting experience in the 2020 primary and presidential elections.
Sources featured in this portion of the LibGuide address how science sometimes supports tyrannical rule or otherwise weakens democracy. As an introduction, consider viewing this video from the Washington Post which discusses how the People's Republic of China is using the latest technologies to enhance its surveillance of citizens.
This portion of the LibGuide features sources that address how science can be implemented to support democratic reform. The video below serves as an introduction to this theme: Lee Smolin identifies parallels between the ethics of scientific research and democratic research and relates the evolution of democracy to paradigm shifts in physicists' understanding of the universe.
This section of the LibGuide is dedicated to information about how science and scientists engage with the general public. As an introduction to this topic, you can view this video from British Council in which renowned science communicator Wendy Sadler MBE offers basic tips for how a scientist can better communicate their ideas to general audiences.