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

SSIT’s flagship conference, the International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is coming up quickly. You won’t want to miss the November event, especially given the stellar roster of keynote addresses, plenary panels, and paper presentations that are planned.

This month’s newsletter also includes a reminder about SSIT’s current fundraising opportunity—we hope you’ll consider donating to SSIT before the end of 2019, since an anonymous donor has agreed to match up to US$10,000 of contributions! In addition, read on to find out about recent SSIT Distinguished Lecture activities, SSIT Board of Governors Member-at-Large Anasuya Devi, and new conference opportunities.

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 Heather.Love@uwaterloo.ca. Submissions for each newsletter are due on the 1st of the month.
SSIT Announcements
IEEE ISTAS 2019 Update
IEEE ISTAS 2019 takes place in Boston, MA, USA from 15 - 16 November 2019. It is kindly hosted by the School of Engineering, Tufts University in its Medford Campus, MA. IEEE ISTAS brings together engineers, policy makers, social scientists and technologists to share experiences and discuss the social, cultural, ethical and economic implications of technology.

IEEE ISTAS 2019 is technically co-sponsored by IEEE-USA, IEEE Region 1, IEEE Standards Association, IEEE Product/Safety Engineering Society, IEEE Reliability Society, IEEE Education Society, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society and IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society and supported by IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee.

IEEE ISTAS 2019 has a rich program incorporating keynote addresses, plenary sessions, paper sessions, panels and workshops.

Click here to download the program, which will be updated regularly online.
Keynote Addresses
  • Tom Coughlin, President IEEE-USA
  • Babak Dastgheib-Beheshti, Region 1 Director, IEEE
Plenary Sessions focus on:
  • Sustainable Development – Addressing Societal Challenges
  • Creating Ethically Informed Standards
  • Impact of Division VI
  • Brave New Brain-Tech: IEEE Neuroethics Program Development of Guidelines for Use of Neurotechnologies in Practice
Click here for more information on plenary speakers.

Panels and Workshops focus on:
  • AI: Pervasive, Invasive and Persuasive
  • Fair AI-Based Recruitment
Registration is now open.

A limited number of rooms are available to conference delegates at the Hyatt Place Boston/Medford, 116 Riverside Ave, Medford, MA 02155 at a discounted rate.

Click here for more information on how to book directly with the hotel.

We look forward to seeing you in Boston!
SSIT Fundraising Opportunity: Donate by 31 December and Double your Impact!

Submitted by Bob Dent, SSIT President


Thanks for your interest in, and support of, the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). Your generous participation to date is meaningful and much appreciated by all who are impacted by SSIT initiatives.

To support new levels of engagement and impact by SSIT, I am pleased to announce that an anonymous donor has issued a challenge to match donations dollar for dollar up to US$10,000 to the SSIT Fund of the IEEE Foundation, by 31 December 2019. This is an exciting opportunity for SSIT, and means that the impact of your gift between now and 31 December will be doubled!


I invite you to be a part of this challenge by making your gift today. Donors who choose to give at a leadership level of US$200 or more will receive an IEEE SSIT pin to recognize their dedication and generosity.

You can join this effort today by making your gift online or mailing a check to: IEEE Foundation – SSIT Fund, IEEE Foundation, 445 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08854. In the US, donations to the IEEE Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. For other countries, please check with your local tax advisors.

I hope you will accept the challenge!

Thank you in advance for your generous support.

SSIT 2019-2020 Membership Drive Underway
Submitted by Anasuya Devi, SSIT Membership Chair 
Warm greetings to IEEE SSIT’s current and future members! Our 2019-2020 Membership Drive is now underway, and we hope that you will both renew your commitment to SSIT, and invite your friends and colleagues to join the Society.

As part of SSIT, you are linked to a global network of professionals, scholars, and citizens who are concerned with how technology impacts the world and how the application of technology can improve the world. SSIT’s interdisciplinary membership draws from all other technical societies within the IEEE, and we welcome members from beyond the engineering profession who have overlapping interests, perspectives, and areas of expertise.
SSIT activities and volunteer opportunities include:
  • IEEE and SSIT policy development, research, and working groups.
  • The SSIT flagship international Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) and other IEEE conferences of interest.
  • The Award-winning IEEE Technology and Society Magazine.
  • A new peer-reviewed publication of original research, the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society, starting in 2020.
  • SSIT Distinguished Lectures and Lecturers.
  • Awards, including IEEE SSIT Carl Barus Award for Outstanding Service in the Public Interest, and the Norbert Weiner Award for social and professional responsibility.
  • IEEE and non-IEEE volunteer’s collaboration on cross-border interventions in 1st-Africa Partner Countries, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa.
We hope that you will continue working with us to achieve the objectives at the heart of our five central “Pillars” of focus:
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 Anasuya Devi

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. H K Anasuya Devi is a Professor, Research Lead, and Technical Advisor at the National Design and Research Foundation, Bangalore. Additionally, she works on Projects and teaching at the Indian Institution of Science. She received her Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore India, in 1985. With over thirty years of interdisciplinary research experience, she is a highly accomplished scientist whose interests include Computational Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Remote Sensing Applications and Geographic Information Systems, Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Sports. She also teaches and mentors graduate and post graduate students, PhD researchers, scientists and senior executives working on research projects at various Institutions/Universities in Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore. 

Anasuya is a Senior IEEE  member, as well as the founding Chair of IEEE Bangalore Section SSIT ES Joint Chapter, which was established on 3rd December 2013. In this role, she has contributed immensely to the growth of SSIT, particularly through her focus on global humanitarian causes, leadership in engineering education, the role of laboratories, and more. She conducts technical events and workshops that attract a wide range of participants (faculty, students, entrepreneurs) to become involved with SSIT. For example, she has organized: a workshop on Sustainable Technologies, invited talks on the Future of Sustainability on University Campuses, Distinguished Lecture Programs, an International Conference on Solid Waste Management, and more.

As an elected member of the SSIT BoG, she was nominated to the role of Membership Chair in 2016. Her initiative and efforts brought accelerated growth in membership (from an annual increase of 12 members to 70 members in just 2 years). She was also instrumental in opening the first ever SSIT student chapters at the NCET and MVJ Colleges of Engineering and Technology, Bangalore. She continues to focus her volunteer efforts on promotional activities for joining the society, and she also is invested in fundraising, conferences, outreach programs, and publications.
A passionate member of the SSIT, Anasuya’s priorities for the organization are:
  • To continue expanding SSIT membership by (a) encouraging faculty, students, and entrepreneurs from various disciplines to join, and (b) starting student branches both in India and around the world.
  • To maximize the efforts to raise SSIT funds for activities focused on sustainable growth, and to establish a program for project grants that will enable collaboration between academia, industry, IEEE societies, and other professional bodies.
  • To continue the dissemination of quality research through the IEEE Technology & Society Magazine and forthcoming Transactions (for which she serves on the Editorial Committee), and to develop special sections for students and entrepreneurs in these publications.
  • To promote more International conferences in developing countries.
  • To launch SSIT outreach programs.
Please feel free to contact Anasuya at: hkadevi@yahoo.com.
Distinguished Lecture Report
Submitted by Haris Hamidovic

On 30 September 2019, SSIT Distinguished Lecturer Dr. Haris Hamidovic spoke on TV Liberty about teenagers and online privacy, cyber security, and smartphone addiction.

TV Liberty is a half-hour television magazine covering all major topics in and within Bosnia and Herzegovina, whose production began in August 1996 in Prague, Czech Republic. Since March 1997, the show has been realized by the Radio Slobodna Evropa (Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty) Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina correspondence team. The program is being broadcast by about 30 local TV stations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The program can be viewed online; Dr. Hamidovic appears from 6:25 to 11:39.

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. The 2020 21CW conference will take place from 23-26 July in Chennai, India; see conferences section below for more details.
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 pcunningham@ieee.org.
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 (cardinal@ieee.org). 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 SSITchapters@ieee.org.
Update: IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society
Things are on track for the March 2020 launch of SSIT’s new journal, the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. The ManuscriptCentral submissions portal opens this week, and founding editor-in-chief, Professor Katina Michael, will be accepting submissions. Find out more about the publication’s scope, topics, and article submission guidelines here.

For expressions of interest to serve on the editorial board as an ongoing reviewer or associate editor, or for other enquiries please email katina.michael@asu.edu.

More information about the approved IEEE Transactions can be found here.
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 r.marosy@ieee.org.
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.

See Update from earlier in the newsletter for the latest information about IEEE ISTAS 2019.
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 (pcunningham@ieee.org) to confirm which areas you can address.
IEEE SSIT 3rd Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century (21CW2020)
Chennai, India
   | 23-26 July 2020 

21CW2020: “Being Human in a Global Village” is the third in a series of conferences initiated by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT), following events in Boston (2014) and Melbourne (2016). It will take place from 23-26 July 2020 at the CEG Campus of Anna University in Chennai, India. The 2020 event invites us to consider how we – as policy makers, parents, citizens, business owners, researchers, humans – need to be proactively preparing for a new world in light of the challenges coming our way in the form of artificial intelligence, or machine learning.

The conference will have three general themes:
  • The state of technologies initiated by Wiener.
  • The social impact of those technologies.
  • Wiener’s 1950s engagement and travels in India.
The Call for Papers is now available, and additional information about the event will be available online soon.
IST-Africa 2020 - Call for Papers Deadline - 9 December 2019
Hosted by the Government of Uganda through the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission, IEEE Africa Council, IEEE Uganda Section and UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter, IST-Africa Week 2020 (Kampala, Uganda, 6-8 May) is the fifteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research and Innovation 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.

IST-Africa 2020 Call for Papers invites full papers (8 pages in length) using the paper guidelines and IST-Africa template provided at http://www.ist-africa.org/Conference2020/default.asp?page=paperguidelines to be submitted online for blind peer review by 9 December 2019.

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.

Please download the Call for Papers for more information.

Papers must present analysis of initial or final research results or a case study. General project descriptions are not appropriate. It is important to highlight actual or expected impact as well as the level of innovation.

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 (including material previously published by the authors).

Each presenter can present ONE paper in the Program. It is necessary for papers to be physically presented during the event to ensure inclusion in the Proceedings.