Who individuals trust for information on highly technical or scientific issues is an important issue in contemporary risk society in which social change and technological developments occur at an accelerated pace (Priest, 2008). The convergence of scientific disciplines, such as nanotechnology, biomedicine, information technologies, and cognitive science, rapidly accelerates the development of each involved domain (Khushf, 2006). Thus, the ethical implications of each technological development may be manageable individually, but on the whole they develop so rapidly that society needs a mechanism for ethically evaluating them (Khushf, 2006). Experts who specialize in technical issues become important sources of information on developments, regulation, and policy information, particularly for governmental regulatory agencies (Jasanoff, 1990). Members of the public use trust in experts...

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