SCIENTIFIC ADVICE IN A TROUBLED WORLD
Sir Peter Gluckman
Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Chair, International Network of Government Science Advice
University Distinguished Professor, University of Auckland
January 31 2017
Most of us would hopefully accept that governments will make better decisions if they use well-developed evidence wisely. At the same time however, evidence can be ignored, manipulated or even falsely constructed for particular ends. The ability for misleading information to become the basis of political advocacy, strategy and policy making is not new but it has now become much more apparent and is creating great concern. Nor is this a crisis of knowledge or expertise as some would argue. Rather, what has changed is the nature, speed and pervasiveness of communication and the ease with which individuals can themselves generate and transmit information, whether it is true, altered or false.