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November 2018

Message from the Editor
Heather Love, Editor, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Newsletter
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I hope that many of you have been able to enjoy the 2018 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) program over the past few days. For those of you unable to attend, stay tuned for next month's newsletter, which will include highlights from the conference.

This month, I'm delighted to present an introduction to the IEEE SSIT President-Elect Bob Dent who will begin his two-year term this coming January. Read on for more details, and also to find out about: opportunities for members in Region 10 to meet with current SSIT President Paul Cunningham; SSIT members in the news; the Call For Papers for next year's IST-Africa conference; and a chance to publish your experience navigating an ethical dilemma in your professional life.

As always, I invite submissions for future newsletters. To announce an event, news item, volunteer opportunity, CFP, award notice, or other article, please contact me at Submissions for the December 2018 newsletter are due by 26 November 2018.

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Message from the President
Paul Cunningham, President, IEEE SSIT

Dear Colleagues,

I am contributing at a number of events in Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh in December, before and after the IEEE R10 - IEEE Humanitarian Technology Conference (Columbo, Sri Lanka; 6-8 December). I will be in Kerala, India the week before R10-HTC and in Dhaka, Bangladesh and Kolkata, India the week after. I would welcome the opportunity to meet SSIT members (and in particular, SSIT volunteers) and better understand how the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) can support volunteers at local level, whether through Distinguished Lectures, Chapter, Committee or Sustainable Development related activities.

A number of SSIT Distinguished Lectures/Participatory Workshops are being scheduled around this time. If you would like to meet or if your Section or Chapter would like to host a SSIT DL focusing on Ethical Research and Sustainable Development related issues, please contact me at

IEEE SSIT President-Elect: Following the recent election, Bob Dent will serve as IEEE SSIT President from 2019-2020. I know you will provide him with the level of support I enjoyed during my two years of service. Please join me in congratulating Bob and wishing him a very productive (and enjoyable) term of office. I look forward to supporting him next year as IEEE SSIT Past President.

Introducing Robert (Bob) A. Dent, 2019-2020 IEEE-SSIT President

In a September 2018 vote, the IEEE-SSIT Board of Governors elected Bob Dent as President-Elect of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). He will assume the office of SSIT President on 1 January 2019, for a two-year term ending 31 December 2020.

Mr. Dent is a long-time member of IEEE, the IEEE Power and Energy Society (PES), the IEEE Industry Applications Society, and the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). He was a member of the 2000 IEEE Board of Directors as IEEE Vice President, Technical Activities. He has served on the IEEE Publications Board and in many other IEEE volunteer positions.

"I am looking forward to being the president of IEEE SSIT," Dent said. "This a wonderful opportunity." He continued: "The mission of the SSIT is relevant to all of the other Societies of IEEE. My cause will be to have SSIT form cooperative relationships with other IEEE Societies to find common cause with our mission. My purpose is to raise the Society's visibility within the IEEE. I hope this will increase membership and revenue."

In his extensive history as an active IEEE volunteer, Bob was also President of the IEEE Power and Energy Society in 1996-1997, Director Division VII in 1992-1993, and Chair of the IEEE New York Section in 1989-1990. He is currently the Chair of the IEEE History Committee for 2018-2019.

During his career Mr. Dent worked in the electric utility industry. He held technical and/or managerial positions at the United Illuminating Co., Gibbs & Hill Inc., New York Power Authority (NYPA), and IEEE. He served for five years as the executive director of the IEEE Power and Energy Society.

Bob Dent received his undergraduate engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, and received graduate degrees from Pratt Institute, New York, NY, and Polytechnic University, New York, NY, in computer science, electrical engineering, and management. He received the Dow Jones Wall Street Journal Student Achievement Award upon graduation from Polytechnic University.

Mr. Dent is a Life Senior Member of IEEE. He received the PES Meritorious Service Award in 2001, two Region One awards in 1986 and 1994, the 1994 PES Chapters Council Award, and the 2000 Third Millennium Award. He was Volunteer of the Year of the New York Power Authority (NYPA) Generation Business Unit in 1997.

SSIT enthusiastically welcomes Bob as its new President-Elect.

SSIT Volunteer to Serve as IEEE Region 10 Director

IEEE has elected SSIT volunteer Deepak Mathur as the IEEE Region 10 (Asia-Pacific) Director-Elect for the two-year period 2019-2020. He will serve as IEEE Region 10 Director for years 2021 and 2022 and will be a member of IEEE Board of Directors. Deepak's initiative and dedicated efforts had revived the IEEE SSIT Newsletter, where he was its editor for six years (2011-2016). He also served on the SSIT Board of Governors from 2013 through 2015.

SSIT Member in the News

Long time SSIT member, former SSIT Board of Governors member, and cybersecurity expert L. Jean Camp is mentioned in a widely reported article in a recent issue of The New Yorker. The article, by Dexter Filkins, relates to unusual web traffic Camp and other web researchers noted in 2016 between Russian Alfa Bank servers and servers connected to 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign entities.

L. Jean Camp is a Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, and also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

IST-Africa 2019
Deadline: 15 December 2018

Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission and Sponsored by IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), IST-Africa 2019 (May, Kenya) is the fourteenth in an annual series of Ministerial level Technology Research Conferences.

IST-Africa provides a platform in Africa to strengthen ICT-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology related policy dialogues within Africa and between Africa and Europe, Global Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research cooperation under Horizon 2020. IST-Africa is a unique community that brings together cross-disciplinary stakeholders from public, private, education and research, societal sector with end user communities focused on ICT and STI Research and Innovation.

Thematic areas include:
  • eHealth/mHealth
  • Technology-enhanced Learning
  • eAgriculture/mAgriculture
  • eInfrastructures and NRENs
  • Energy
  • Next Generation Computing (Big data, Cloud computing, Future Internet, Internet of Things)
  • eGovernment
  • Content Technologies (Languages, Digital Preservation)
  • Cyber Security
  • Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship
  • Global Development including ICT4D and Societal Implications of Technology
IST-Africa 2019 Call for Papers invites full papers (eight pages in length) using the paper guidelines and IST-Africa template to be submitted online for double blind peer review by 15 December.

It is necessary for the paper submitted to include a unique element that has not previously been published and any previous published materials to be clearly referenced.

Publish your Ethical Dilemma

If you have an experience that involved navigating an ethical dilemma as part of your professional life, we invite you to consider sharing it with your colleagues through the SSIT or 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, which is the “Featured Article” at the end of our June 2017 newsletter.

Submit manuscripts to Rosann Marosy at

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