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October 2018

Message from the Editor
Heather Love, Editor, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Newsletter
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As you’ll read below, the IEEE SSIT web team has been hard at work streamlining the organization's online presence; we invite you to find new ways to connect with the organization so that you can stay up-to-date with SSIT happenings.

In addition, the 2019 IEEE SSIT membership drive is now underway. We encourage you to not only renew your own membership today, but also invite your colleagues and students to join us. Read on for reminders of the many benefits associated with an IEEE SSIT affiliation!

As always, I invite submissions for future newsletters. To announce an event, news item, volunteer opportunity, Call for Papers, award notice, or other article, please contact me at my NEW email address: Heather.Love@uwaterloo.ca. Submissions for the November 2018 newsletter are due by 24 October 2018.


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Connect with SSIT and IEEE Technology and Society Magazine (T&S) Online!
Submitted by Terri Bookman, Managing Editor, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine

On behalf of the SSIT's online communications team, I invite you to take advantage of the following opportunities to stay up to date with SSIT and the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine:
  • SSIT's new website: Check out the updated, free content from the latest issues of T&S.
  • NEW – SSIT T&S FutureProof blog: View the latest blog entry.
  • SSIT Social Media: Be sure to join and follow our SSIT and T&S social media accounts on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.


SSIT Membership Drive Underway
Submitted by Anasuya Devi, SSIT Chair of Membership

The 2018-2019 IEEE SSIT membership drive is currently underway, and online enrollment and renewal is available now. Please help us expand our membership by inviting your academic and professional colleagues, as well as potentially interested students and entrepreneurs, to join our organization. Be sure to let them know about the many benefits associated with an IEEE SSIT membership:
  • A Global, Interdisciplinary IEEE Community
    • The IEEE SSIT is an organization with membership that extends across all 39 IEEE Societies. We are therefore able to actively collaborate with Societies, Councils, Committees and other stakeholder groups inside and outside IEEE, and our membership spans the full range of IEEE's technical activities. Details are available on our website.
    • As a global, humanitarian, interdisciplinary Society, the IEEE SSIT provides a forum for broad-ranging discussion focused on understanding of the effects of technology in today's world.
    • We sponsor the IEEE SSIT Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in Public interest.
    • SSIT members are intellectually curious, willing to be informed, interested in experimentation, and committed to learning and sharing insights about technology—both positive and negative.
  • Engagement Opportunities
    • Attend or present at the IEEE SSIT's annual flagship conference, the IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), as well as other conferences the organization sponsors.
    • Attend or organize an event through the SSIT Distinguished Lectures and Lecture Series.
    • Participate in an IEEE SSIT policy development, research, or working group, such as the IEEE SSIT Special Interest Group on Humanitarian Technology (SIGHT).
    • Learn about and contribute to existing IEEE and non-IEEE volunteer activities, such as collaborative cross-border interventions in IST-Africa partner countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa.
  • Publications
    • Receive the award-winning IEEE Technology and Society Magazine and the monthly IEEE SSIT Newsletter directly in your inbox.
    • NEW in 2019: the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society will be published.
  • Affordability
    • An IEEE SSIT membership is an inexpensive "add-on" for all IEEE members; the additional fee to join the IEEE SSIT is only US$33.
    • IEEE SSIT is offering IEEE Student members a promotional $4 annual membership.
    • For more details, visit https://www.ieee.org and click "Join IEEE."
  • Early Enrollment Bonus
    • The 2019 Membership Year began on 16 August 2018 and runs through 31 December 2019.
    • This means that new members who enroll before the end of 2018 can receive several "bonus" months of IEEE SSIT affiliation.
If you or your colleagues have questions regarding IEEE SSIT membership, please contact the SSIT Membership Chair Anasuya Devi at hkadevi@gmail.com or President Paul Cunningham at paul@iimg.com.



Publish your Ethical Dilemma

If you had an experience that involved navigating an ethical dilemma, consider sharing it with your colleagues through the SSIT or Life Member Committee (LMC) newsletters.

A joint SSIT/LMC committee will vet all initial submissions, and authors will work with the editors of the two publications to finalize their submissions. Accepted Ethical Dilemma articles will be published simultaneously in the June and December issues of both newsletters.

Article submissions must be between 300 and 500 words in Microsoft Word format. The IEEE Legal Department requires that all articles be fully sanitized to protect the privacy of people and organizations.

Read an example of a previously published ethical dilemma, John Impagliazzo's story, from our June 2017 newsletter.

Submit manuscripts to Rosann Marosy at r.marosy@ieee.org.

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2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)
13-14 November 2018, Washington, DC, USA

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Don't miss ISTAS 2018! ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology. An outstanding lineup of speakers and the program are now available. Register today.


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