Providing public information about science & technology & related opportunities & consequences is undoubtedly an important duty; but however objective or tentative this information may be, citizens & users of a technology put forward other arguments than experts do. The former base their assessment on experiences in everyday reality to which they may respond knowledgeably, emotionally, & from an ethical position or as an interested party. It is on the basis of their personal involvement that people develop opinions on new developments. Usually, this does not result in a 'take-it-or-leave-it' attitude, but in a 'depends-on-whether' judgment or in an argumentation that ties in with the criteria of acceptability & the safeguarding of options. Via a legitimate, systematic, & pluralistic reflection & debate between technology designers & users, between scientists & citizens, policymakers will discover what precisely is at stake. 26 References. Adapted from the source document.