August 2019
Message from the Editor
Heather Love, Editor, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Newsletter
Dear SSIT Members,

This month’s newsletter includes several new conference announcements, as well as the latest installment in our “Introducing your Board of Governors” series. Stay tuned for the September newsletter, which will include the latest updates from the ISTAS 2019 conference team!

As always, I invite submissions from all SSIT members for inclusion in future newsletters. To announce an event, news item, volunteer opportunity, CFP, award notice, or other item, please contact me at Starting in September 2019, submissions for each newsletter are due on the 1st of the month.
SSIT Announcements
ISTAS Submission Deadlines Approaching!
For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to submit your contribution to this year’s International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS), note that the CFP for SSIT’s flagship conferences closes this month.

Papers are due by 23 August 2019, and proposals for Workshops or Panels have an extra week – until 30 August 2019.

For more information about paper submission requirements, visit the ISTAS 2019 website, or contact

ISTAS 2019 takes place from 15-16 November in Boston, and we hope to see many of you there.
Introducing your Board of Governors (BoG)
In our soon-to-be-complete series of short introductions to the current slate of SSIT BoG members, this month we present BoG Member-at-Large, Charmayne Hughes, whose term runs until the end of 2020.

As noted in previous newsletters, we hope that these vignettes will help you get to know a bit more about the group’s varied (and impressive!) areas of expertise and backgrounds, the specific goals that different individuals have for their time on the SSIT BoG, and the more general aspirations they each have for the future of the SSIT.

We encourage you to contact BoG members whose interests and areas of expertise overlap with your own, and we hope that these introductions can serve as a starting point for building camaraderie and connections within SSIT as a whole.
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Professor Charmayne Hughes is a Health Equity Institute Associate Professor at San Francisco State University. She received her Ph.D in motor behavior from Purdue University in 2010, and completed her postdoctoral work at Bielefeld University, the Technical University of Munich, and Nanyang Technological University.

Using her background in motor control neuroscience and engineering she seeks to elucidate the impact of violence and trauma on underlying neurocognitive and neuromotor functioning, and to develop scientific, engineering and technological solutions that benefit resource-constrained and vulnerable populations.

You can contact Charmayne at

Social Media and AI Workshop Proceedings Now Available
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On 1 May 2019, the annual Social Implications of National Security Workshop (SINS19) took place in Washington, DC. Hosted by the Arizona State University at their Washington DC office, the event focused on how social media can use broadcast or microtargeting strategies to influence and manipulate people. Visual Proceedings and Abstracts of event are now available here.

“Tech for Good” Educational Opportunity
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Academy is offering a free, online course titled Tech for Good. Participants will investigate the role that information and communication technologies (ICT) play in achieving the UN SDGs, and modules will cover topics such as:
  • e-Government
  • ICT Infrastructure
  • ICT & Health
  • ICT & Education
  • ICT for Financial Inclusion
  • Measurement and Metrics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethical Considerations
  • Emerging Topics in ICT and Sustainable Development
Launch date: 23 September 2019
Run time: Self-paced, open until 22 September 2020
Language: English. Transcripts to come in other languages
Enroll now on!
For more information, visit
Call for Expressions of Interest to Host SSIT Conferences
SSIT is a sponsor of IEEE conferences in the field of technology and society. As a reminder, we are currently seeking expressions of interest from SSIT members interested in hosting the following conferences in their cities.

IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)
ISTAS is the flagship conference of SSIT, addressing issues across the range of SSIT interests. Information about the most recent ISTAS conference is available here.
Expressions of interest are welcome for 2020, 2021, and 2022.

IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century (21CW)
The 21CW conference series addresses the technical, social and personal legacy of the founder of cybernetics, control theory, and information ethics, Norbert Wiener. It has been held in Boston (2014), Melbourne (2016), with satellite activities in India 2014, 2016, 2018. Additional information about these events is available here and updates will soon be available regarding the 2020 21CW conference in Chennai, India.
Expressions of interest are welcome for 2022.

If you are interested in hosting one of these events, or if you would like further information, please contact SSIT Conferences Chair Paul Cunningham at
Call for Nominations: IEEE SSIT Awards
IEEE SSIT has three major awards, all of which are open for nominations at this time.

The Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest is open to anyone, or group, who performs an important public service, possibly at the risk of career or reputation. This includes anyone, whether or not in the engineering profession, or a member of IEEE. Further information on recipients can be found here.

The Brian M. O’Connell SSIT Distinguished Service Award is for SSIT volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding service for the benefit of SSIT. More information on this award can be found here.

The SSIT Norbert Wiener Award for Social and Professional Responsibility is given to an individual or team for exceptional contribution, or outstanding career contribution in the field of the social implications of technology. Further information can be found here.

To nominate an individual, submit information to Michael Cardinale ( Include the individual’s contact information – name, address, phone, email, professional history (year, organization and position), and the proposed citation in 25 words or less. The nominator must also submit their own contact information.
Call for New SSIT Chapters

As a reminder, our website shows that several IEEE Regions are looking for motivated individuals to spearhead new SSIT Chapters.

If you are an SSIT member who is not currently affiliated with a specific Chapter of the organization, please consider starting one in your area!

It only takes 12 members to form a Chapter, and by taking the lead, you can help mobilize the people around you engage in discussions about technology’s role in society and tackle the challenges involved in advancing technology for humanity.

Petitions for IEEE Society and Technical Council Chapters and Joint Chapters can be submitted online, and questions about SSIT Chapter formation can be directed to SSIT Chapters Chair Ramalatha Marimuthu at
IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society Submission Portal open soon!
Submitted by Katina Michael
In March 2020, the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society will launch. The ManuscriptCentral submissions portal is set to open within about a month, and founding editor-in-chief, Professor Katina Michael, will be accepting submissions for the multidisciplinary peer reviewed Transactions of original research. Regular papers are expected to be up to 10 pages, short papers up to six pages, and brief papers up to two pages, using the IEEE Transactions template.

Submissions must address a socio-technical research area with empirical results. Regular papers should make both a theoretical and practical contribution to knowledge; short papers should publish empirical results; and brief papers may act as a position statement of original research drawing on peer-reviewed research outcomes.

For expressions of interest to serve on the editorial board as an ongoing reviewer or associate editor, or for other enquiries please email

More information about the approved IEEE Transactions can be found on this website.
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 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. 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
6th IEEE Region 8 Conference on History of Technology, and Pre-conference History Milestone event
Technology and Innovation Centre, Strathclyde University
Glasgow, Scotland
18-19 September 2019
HISTELCON is an IEEE Region 8 conference covering topics in the area of Technology History, held about every two years. HISTELCON 2019 will be in the IEEE UK and Ireland Section, at Glasgow, Scotland. A primary theme is ‘historic computers’ including papers on those inventions and developments which have not already been the subject of extensive historical publications, and the contribution that special purpose processors have made to the development and use of advanced digital signal processing methods in many applications areas. Sessions to cover other aspects of technology history in the electrical, electronic and related fields are included. Note that all lectures and printed materials will be in English.

An aim is to keep the conference affordable. To register and pay to attend, use the link from the conference website. The conference website also has a direct link to five hotels which have special arrangements for attendees.
IEEE History Milestone about the Standardization of the Unit of Electrical Resistance (the OHM)
The day before HISTELCON 2019 begins (17 September), an unveiling ceremony for a new IEEE History Milestone will take place at Glasgow’s Hunterian museum. The event will recognize the work done to standardize the unit of electrical resistance. Initially, there were many incompatible and differing standards, and selecting a single reproducible one was of great importance for the successful design and operation of undersea communications cables. The availability of fast communications by cable between continents had a huge social impact, and led to the development of better and faster communications around the world, with a huge impact on the lives of most people.

Following the unveiling ceremony, an afternoon technical symposium about such standardization processes will take place in room 526 of the James Watt South building, University of Glasgow (A1 on Campus Map). The symposium is free to attend, but advance registration is required in order to estimate numbers. Please register here.

Provisionally, the talks will include the following:

  • Dr. Don Wright, Past President IEEE Standards Association and from Standards Strategies, Louisville, Kentucky “International Standards”
  • Prof. Peter Grant, Emeritus Regius Professor of Engineering, University of Edinburgh, “Early resistance standards”
  • Prof. Jan-Theodoor Janssen, Research Director, National Physical Laboratory, UK, “Evolution of the measurement of the Ohm over the last century”
  • More details about this Milestone are available at the ETHW website.
IEEE Africon 2019
Accra, Ghana | 25-27 September 2019

The bi-annual IEEE Region 8 flagship conference in Africa, IEEE AFRICON takes place this year at the GIMPA Executive Conference Centre in Accra, Ghana. IEEE AFRICON is financial co-sponsored by IEEE Ghana Section, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) and IEEE Region 8.

We are inviting SSIT and other IEEE members to volunteer to provide constructive, actionable feedback on papers as a member of the Technical Program Committee. Please contact Paul M Cunningham ( to confirm which areas you can address.
International Conference on Computing, Power and Communication Technologies (GUCON 2019)
New Delhi, India | 27-28 September 2019

GUCON 2019 is being organized by Galgotias University, India and will take place 27-28 September 2019. The University is based in Greater Noida (NCR New Delhi, India), has an enrollment of over 19,000 students across more than 100 Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs, is devoted to excellence in teaching, research and innovation, and to develop leaders who will make a difference to the world.

GUCON 2019 is a non-profit conference and it will provide an opportunity to the practicing engineers, academicians and researchers to meet in a forum to discuss various issues and its future direction in the field of electrical, computer and electronics engineering and technologies. The conference aims to put together the experts from the relevant areas to disseminate their knowledge and experience for the relevant future research scope. The conference is technically sponsored by various societies and Institutes. There are multiple tracks in the conference covering almost all areas of electronics, computer and electrical engineering:
  • TRACK A: Data Mining and Big Data Analysis
  • TRACK B: Communication Technologies
  • TRACK C: Cloud Computing and Computer Networks
  • TRACK D: Power Electronics and Control Engineering
  • TRACK E: Power and Energy Systems
  • TRACK F: Machines and renewable energy
  • TRACK G: Electronics devices, circuits and systems
  • TRACK H: Signal processing
  • TRACK I: Bioinformatics, multimedia and machine learning
  • TRACK J: Robotics and artificial intelligence
  • TRACK K: Language technologies and information retrieval
Confirmed keynote speakers include:
  • Prof. N. R. Pal, President, IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, USA
  • Prof. Joydeep Mitra, Michigan State University, USA
  • Prof. Marcin Paprzycki, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  • Dr. Daleep Mohla, IEEE Industry Applications Society, USA
  • Mr. Deepak Mathur, Director-Elect, IEEE Region 10
  • Prof. Vincenzo Piuri, University of Milan, Italy
  • Prof Valentina E Balas, Romania
  • Prof. L. C. Jain, Australia and Many World Leaders
Email Address:
9th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Seattle, WA, USA | 17-20 October 2019

The 9th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference takes place in DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport. Financial Co-Sponsors are IEEE Region 6, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, and IEEE Seattle Section.

We are inviting SSIT and other IEEE members to volunteer to provide constructive, actionable feedback on papers as a member of the Technical Program Committee. Please contact Prof. Paul M Cunningham ( to confirm which areas you can address.
The 10th IEEE International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (iCAST 2019)
Morioka, Japan| 23-25 October 2019


The 10th International Conference on Awareness Science and Technology (iCAST 2019) is a major international conference to bring together researchers, engineers, and scientists from academia and industry working in awareness science and its applications, for discussion, exchanging ideas, opinions, and most importantly to present their works and latest results.

Topics include Awareness Science, Awareness Technology, and Awareness-Related Applications.

The event is sponsored by the Japan Chapter of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society (SMCS).

The Global Women in STEM Leadership Summit
Atlanta, Georgia | 4-5 November 2019

The Global Women in STEM Leadership Summit is an initiative founded and led by Engineering Professor Takoi K. Hamrita. This is the only one of its kind two-day summit held in the world that is dedicated to giving women in scientific and technological fields from all career paths access to powerful tools, strategies and connections to advance their careers and their lives.

Register here.
EPIC 2019 - Agency
Providence, RI, USA | 9-12 November 2019

Registration is open for EPIC2019. EPIC is the leading international conference on ethnography in business. Our attendees are a diverse group of practitioners and scholars from every industry and fields such as the social sciences, Science and Technology Studies (STS), Human Computer Interaction (HCI), and design.

Our theme this year is Agency:
What does it mean to have agency in an increasingly automated world? Businesses are investing in "intelligent" technologies that promise to take humans "out of the loop." But human agency is not disappearing-it’s evolving, and humanistic perspectives are more essential than ever. EPIC2019 will explore how our models of behavior and culture shape spaces of opportunity and risk for diverse people and organizations. We invite ethnographers and technologists of all backgrounds to advance the value of our work through the prism of agency.

Be part of the community.

2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS 2019)
School of Engineering, Tufts University (Medford, MA Campus) 
15-16 November 2019 

SSIT’s flagship conference, the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS 2019) is hosted this year by the School of Engineering, Tufts University on its Medford, MA Campus. The event will take place on 15 - 16 November 2019.

The Call for Papers (due 23 August 2019) is now available on the conference website.

Confirmed Technical Co-Sponsors include IEEE-USA, IEEE Region 1, IEEE Boston Section, IEEE Standards Association, IEEE Technology & Engineering Management Society (TEMS), and IEEE Reliability Society.

Speakers confirmed to date include:
  • Gil Cooke, Chair, IEEE Boston Section (Welcome Address)
  • Karen Panetta, Dean of Graduate Engineering Education, School of Engineering, Tufts University (Welcome Address)
  • Tom Coughlin, President IEEE-USA (Keynote)
  • Babak Dastgheib-Beheshti, Region 1 Director (Keynote)
  • Carole D. Graas, President, IEEE Reliability Society (Plenary Panellist)
  • John Havens, IEEE Standards Association (Plenary Panellist)
  • Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, Chair, IEEE SSIT Standards Committee (Plenary Panellist)
  • Xinghuo Yu, President, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (Plenary Panellist)
We invite proposals for papers, parallel discussion panels and participatory workshops focused on the relationship between technology, policy, and social issues ranging from economic and ethical to socio-cultural and environmental topics.

Priority will be given to submissions addressing one or more of SSIT’s Five Pillars (Sustainable Development, Ethics/Human Values, Universal Access, Societal Impacts, Protecting the Planet) and Intersections between the Social Implications of Technology and:
  • Sustainable Development (including ICT4D) and Multi-Stakeholder Co-Design
  • Net-Neutrality
  • GEOValue, Climate, Environment, and Sustainable Technologies
  • Ethical Standards, Autonomous Vehicles, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethical Use of Big Data, Blockchain, Human Genome Editing, IoT, Neurotechnology, and Open Data
  • Current Challenges in Technology Policy
  • Balancing National Security Interests with Personal Privacy
IEEE Members, particularly from IEEE Boston Section, R1 and Division VI Societies, are invited to join the Technical Program Committee (where your responsibilities will include providing constructive, actionable feedback on papers) and promote the Call for Papers. Please contact Paul M Cunningham ( to confirm which areas you can address.
Information and Communication Technology for African Development 2019 (ICT4AD'19)
Yaounde, Cameroon
 | 26-28 November 2019 

The 3rd International Conference on Information and Communication Technology for African Development (ICT4AD’19) is organized in Yaounde, Cameroon by ANTIC (National Agency for Information and Communication Technology) – IST-Africa Partner for Cameroon, and African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology (ACWICT) and Financial Co-Sponsored by IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.

We are inviting SSIT and other IEEE members to volunteer to provide constructive, actionable feedback on papers as a member of the Technical Program Committee. Please contact Paul M Cunningham ( to confirm which areas you can address.