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

I am happy to continue our series of Introductions to the current SSIT Board of Governors in this month’s newsletter, as well as to announce two important calls: for new SSIT chapters, and for future SSIT conference venues. We’ve also added some new items to the roster of upcoming publications and conference opportunities that we hope will be of interest to many of you.

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 article, please contact me at Submissions for the June 2019 newsletter are due by 27 May 2019.
SSIT Announcements
Introducing your Board of Governors (BoG)
In our continuing series of short introductions to the current slate of SSIT BoG members, we present current SSIT Publications Chair John Impagliazzo and Associate Board Member Giuseppe Parise, who is our liaison with Industry Applications.

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.
Dr. John Impagliazzo is Professor Emeritus in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Hofstra University in New York. His accomplishments include eighteen books, contributions to model computing and engineering curricula, efforts to encourage diversity in the field, promoting computing ethics, and developing a history of computing. John chaired the committee that produced the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)/IEEE 2016 Computer Engineering Curriculum Report (CE2016), helped produce the information technology curricular guidelines report (IT2017), and is currently active with the multi-society, multi-national computing project to produce a futuristic Computing Curricula 2020 (CC2020) curricular report.

John has an extensive record of editorial work: he served as the editor-in-chief of the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) Bulletin and was founding editor-in-chief of the computing education magazine ACM Inroads, positions he held continuously from 1997 to 2016. He chaired the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 9.7 on the History of Computing from 2001 to 2007. He has edited or co-edited conference proceedings from various conferences on the history of computing and education resulting in seven books including the well-known Perspectives on Soviet and Russian Computing.

From 1991 to 2003, John chaired the ACM Accreditation Committee and he continues to serve as an ABET (formerly Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) program evaluator for engineering and computing programs. As a team chair, program evaluator, or expert consultant, John has evaluated more than eighty computing and engineering programs worldwide. John was a member or participant of the ACM Education Board for three decades and was a board member of the IEEE Foundation for six years. He is an IEEE Fellow and Life Member, and a Distinguished Educator of ACM.

As Publications Chair of SSIT, John has shepherded the development of the new IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society and he promotes quality in SSIT endeavors. Over the next five years, John foresees SSIT making a positive contribution to IEEE and to humanity. You can reach John at

Giuseppe Parise (IEEE M'82-SM'03-F’10-LF’15) received his M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in 1972 from the Sapienza University, Rome Italy, where he was a Full Professor of Electrical Power Systems until 2017 in the Engineering Faculty. He has authored about 340 papers. He is active in the IEEE Industry Applications Society (past Member at Large of Executive Board), chair of the committee I&CPS Forensics and of the committee I&CPS Ports, Distinguished Lecturer 2019-2020. He is chair of the R8 Area Chapter and of the Italy Section Chapter IA34. Since 1975, he has been a Registered Professional Engineer in Italy. Since 1983, he has been as Electrical Power System Expert, Member of Superior Council of Italian Public Works. Giuseppe is also an Associate Member of the Governors Board for the Industry Applications Society

His aspiration regarding the future success of SSIT is for the Society to play an international role:
  • to investigate and facilitate the understanding of the evolving impact of technology on society and humanity in general and the interaction of society with engineering, science and technology,
  • to foster the diffusion of these ideas within the public and political spheres, using clear and easy-to-understand language.
To accomplish these goals, he believes that the SSIT has to evolve to become an Inter-Society I-SSIT for collecting and coordinating Social Responsibility reports from all the specialist IEEE Societies and from technical opinion leaders on their competence areas about the technological innovations, the new system methodologies and new energy strategies. You can reach Giuseppe at
Call for New SSIT Chapters

As you can see on our website, 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
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, and additional information about these events is available here.
Expressions of interest are welcome for 2020 and 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
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. 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
IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society Conference
Atlanta, Georgia | 12-14 June 2019
The theme of this year’s TEMSCON is “Leading Innovation in Times of Constant Change.” The conference will focus on how eengineering managers are increasingly expected to lead innovation initiatives across their organization’s value chain; as a result, realizing benefits in constantly changing environments, whether through the adoption of new or improved technologies, business models, or processes, must be led proactively. The event will provide a venue where different points of view interact to yield new understandings and ideas about leading innovation as well as the future of technology and engineering management.

As the conference website notes:
“Industry perspectives will be featured throughout the meeting via panels and plenary talks. Attendees will experience great southern cuisine (lunch time offerings as well as recommended nearby restaurants) and have the opportunity to visit incubated companies at Georgia Tech and other large company innovation centers in Midtown Atlanta, explore the cultural uniqueness of Atlanta – the home of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, and tour the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology (the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics). Please come!!”

Early bird registration for the conference is available until 20 May 2019.
True North 2019
Waterloo, Ontario | 19-20 June 2019

The True North festival and conference brings 2500 of the brightest, boldest, carbon-based badasses to Canada’s hottest tech community. Join us. Roll up your sleeves. Help make Tech for Good the core of digital life, work, and play.

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 enrolment of over 19,000 students across more than 100 Undergraduate and Post Graduate program, is devoted to excellence in teaching, research and innovation, and to develop leaders who'll 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
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9th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
Seattle, WA, USA | 18-20 October 2019

The 9th IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference is an international flagship conference sharing practical technology enabled solutions addressing the needs of underserved populations and resource constrained environments around the world and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG).

IEEE GHTC 2019 is financially Co-sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Seattle Section and IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.

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

Registration opens 30 April 2019 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.