June 2021
 
 
Message from the Editor
 
 
Heather Love, Editor, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Newsletter
 
 

Dear SSIT Members,

Greetings from sunny Ontario in June! I’m delighted to share this month’s SSIT newsletter, which is full of updates from several SSIT committees who have been very active, reminders about fast-approaching conference deadlines that you won’t want to miss, and opportunities for engagement with the SSIT community. I hope that you will enjoy reading through the newsletter, and that you will be inspired to find new ways to connect and participate with SSIT over the coming months.

Here’s a quick rundown of the June highlights:

 
 
  • Nominations for next year’s SSIT Board of Governors Member-at-Large positions are due at the end of June.
  • The deadline for full-paper, short-paper, and abstract-only submissions for SSIT’s flagship conference, ISTAS21, has been EXTENDED to 13 July.
  • Register today for the 22-26 July IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century, sponsored by SSIT and hosted by Anna University (Chennai, India) – STUDENTS: a FREE one-day event just for YOU takes place on 22 July.
  • Kudos to the IEEE Transactions on Technology & Society for its leadership role piloting the new IEEE Author Portal service
  • We’ve received reports from several SSIT groups, many of which include opportunities for additional engagement from SSIT members:
    • The SSIT Universal Access to Technology Technical Committee;
    • The SSIT Web Committee Chair;
    • The SSIT Student Activities Committee; and
    • The IST-Africa Conference
  • The June issue of the IEEE Technology & Society Magazine hit member inboxes last week – be sure to share the news with your friends and colleagues!;
  • Be sure to check out the publication and conference opportunities outlined in the final sections of the newsletter (note especially the 02 July extended submission deadline for the GHTC conference).

As always, I invite submissions from all SSIT members for inclusion in future newsletters. In particular, I’d love to hear about your local chapter meetings, events, or outreach activities. 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 by the first week of the month.

-Heather Love

 
 
SSIT Announcements
 
 
Call for SSIT Board of Governors Candidates: MaL Deadline, 30 June 2021
 
 
SSIT is seeking candidates for President-Elect (2022) and three Board of Governors Members-at-Large (2022-2024). All positions are voting members of the SSIT BoG.
 
 
President Elect
2022 President Elect is a five-year commitment:
  • One year as President-Elect (2022)
  • Two years as President (2023-2024)
  • Two years as Past President (2025-2026)

The President-Elect should expect to spend two to four days per month on SSIT-related activities. As the Society President this time will increase to four to eight days per month. The President leads the monthly BoG conference calls. Additionally, the President attends three two-day Technical Activities Board (TAB) meetings per year, usually held in February, June and November. Travel expenses associated with attendance at the TAB meetings are provided by SSIT.

The deadline for nomination for President Elect is 30 September 2021.

 
 
Board of Governors Members at Large (MaL)
BoG  MaL candidates make a three-year commitment. MaLs are expected to attend the monthly SSIT one-hour conference calls. Each MaL is also expected to be involved in aspects of the affairs of the Society. At the present time, travel expenses for MaLs are not reimbursed by the SSIT. MaLs may serve two consecutive terms.

The deadline for nomination for Board of Governors Member at Large is 30 June 2021.

All candidates should submit a nomination specifying the position they are interested in running for. Additionally, the candidate should include any information relevant to their possible contributions to the Society. The information can include previous experience with respect to conferences, publications, finances, chapters, standards, education, governance, and any relevant experience of use to SSIT.

For more information: Potential candidates for either position are welcome to contact the SSIT Nominations Committee Chair Bob Dent.
 
 
 
 
IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century (21CW): REGISTER TODAY!
 
 
Anna University, Chennai, India (Virtual event) | 22-25 July 2021

The third installment of SSIT’s conference series on the legacy of cybernetician “Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century” ( 21CW2020) will take place as a fully virtual event. Program details are now available, so please promote the conference widely among your professional networks.

Registration is open, and all SSIT members are invited and encouraged to attend the conference. Fees are modest (US$75 for professionals, US$45 for faculty, and US$25 for students), and the line-up of keynote and featured speakers is impressive.

Note that the IEEE Standards Association’s 3rd InDIITA (International Digital Inclusion, Identity, Trust & Agency)Open Space Tech Workshop” will take place as part of the conference, on 22 July 2021; there is no cost to participate, but separate  registration is required.

In addition, a FREE event exclusively for students is scheduled for 22 July 2021. The full day of student-focused programming culminates in the 21CW Conference Inauguration, and registration details are available here.

The 21CW Conference Committee welcomes additional financial sponsorships from organizations interested in making a contribution to the event in return for member registrations.

We look forward to seeing you virtually in July!
 
 
 
 
IEEE ISTAS21: Submission deadline EXTENDED to 13 July 2021
 
 
 
 
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Virtual Event) | 28-31 October 2021
 
 
The Conference Committee for the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21) invites you to present your work at this year’s event!

IEEE ISTAS21: Technological Stewardship & Responsible Innovation, will take place from 28-31 October 2021 as a virtual event hosted by the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada). This year’s conference sub-themes are:
  • Health Systems
  • Privacy & Security
  • Technology Policy & Governance
  • Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • Artificial Intelligence & Automation
  • Ethical and Human Values in Emerging Technology

Submissions of abstracts, short papers, and full papers are due by 13 July 2021; full guidelines are available on the ISTAS21 CFP page of the conference website.

Note that, IEEE ETHICS-2021, focused on the theme “Engineering and Corporate Social Responsibility” will run as a track within ISTAS21; visit the ETHICS-2021 CFP for complete details.

We are pleased to announce confirmed ISTAS21 keynotes: Ron Diebert, Adam Greenfield, Safiya Noble, Shannon Vallor, and ETHICS-2021-track keynote Will Griffin! More info at: https://attend.ieee.org/istas-2021/istas21-speakers/

Please contact Heather Love or Rozita Dara (ISTAS21 Conference Co-chairs) if you have additional questions or would like to discuss your ideas for a submission (Heather.Love@uwaterloo.ca / drozita@uoguelph.ca).

 
 
 
 
SSIT News: IEEE Transactions on Technology & Society pilots the new IEEE Author Portal
 
 
Submitted by John Impagliazzo, SSIT Publications Chair
 
 
The days of copying and pasting or retyping entire manuscript sections are now over for authors submitting to the IEEE Transactions on Technology & Society (IEEE-TTS). Part of a pilot launch for a new author tool that reduces the time and effort it takes for an author to complete a submission for peer review, IEEE-TTS is the first journal to use the IEEE Author Portal.

In the past, it has taken an author 1-2 hours to submit their work to IEEE-TTS. They have had to manually type in a significant portion of material already found in their manuscript. Using the IEEE Author Portal, an author can now easily upload files, confirm the details have been adequately captured (via automated text extraction from the manuscript file), and submit them to IEEE for peer review in 15-20 minutes.

Authors will sign into the IEEE Author Portal using their IEEE Web Account (it’s easy to create for new users). As more publications join the IEEE Author Portal, authors will see their submissions across IEEE publications from a single dashboard. The IEEE Web Account will also be used for all production-related processes, creating a more streamlined author experience from the point of peer review through to publication in IEEE Xplore.

To start a new submission to IEEE-TTS, visit https://ieee.atyponrex.com/journal/TTS.

Editorial Addition: A special Thank You goes out to Katina Michael, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE-TTS, and John Impagliazzo, IEEE Society of Social Implications of Technology Publications Chair, for their guidance and support of this new service!

 
 
 
 
Report: SSIT Universal Access to Technology Technical Committee, “Quarter Tech Talk Table 3.0”
 
 
Submitted by Bozenna Pasik-Duncan
 
 
 
 
A group of IEEE Young Professionals & Impact Creators gathered on 15 May 2021 for the " Quarter Tech Talk Table 3.0 (QT3)” event, a panel discussion on the “ Role of Technology in STEM Education'' that was run in collaboration with the SSIT’s Universal Access to Technology Technical Committee and organized by Ramneek Kalra (IEEE Impact Creator & YP) and Shailesh Prabhu (IEEE UP). This event follows successful previous QT3 sessions in November 2020 and February 2021.

The QT3 events seek to:
  • Create a broad collaboration for sharing knowledge of Industrial Technologies;
  • Create a bridge to connect IEEE Young Professionals for Career and Professional Development;
  • Share opportunities for elevating ideas using research based oriented learning; and
  • Create an open forum for discussion on recent technological advancements and challenges.
 
 
If you missed to 3.0 Edition, feel free to explore on IEEE.tv Platform at: https://ieeetv.ieee.org/video/ieee-quarter-tech-talk-table-30-ieee-qt3-initiative

The tentative next QT3 4.0 event is scheduled for 7 & 8 August 2021. We welcome all readers to register for at: https://forms.gle/x2ost6UqqBGiqtxJ6

 
 
 
 
Report: IEEE SSIT Student Activities Committee
 
 
Submitted by Saiteja Goud Karingu
 
 
The newly formed SSIT Student Activities Committee (SSIT-SAC) has had a busy month! We are pleased to make the following report to SSIT members. All sessions took place virtually on IEEE WebEx:

New IEEE SSIT Student Chapter at Geethanjali College of Engineering and Technology
Our newly formed SSIT Student Chapter in the Hyderabad Section, India - R10 was inaugurated on 12th June 2021 at 6 PM IST. The occasion was graced by Dr Kalyan Sen (IEEE SSIT Chapters Chair) and Mr Ali Muzaffar, Chair (IEEE SSIT Young Professionals Chair). The section leadership along with student branch leadership was also present, showering a lot of positivity and support to the first SSIT Student Chapter in Hyderbad Section. IEEE SSIT SAC Representatives were pivotal in providing support for the inauguration.

Webinar on "How the future is going to be computed? Technology and its Impacts on Society."
The IEEE SSIT Student Activities Committee and SSIT Young Professionals Committee supported the above-mentioned webinar, which was hosted by the IEEE SSIT Geethanjali College of Engineering and Technology Student Chapter on 12th June 2021 at 7 PM IST. The amazing session was presented by Mr Ali Muzaffar (IEEE SSIT Young Professionals Chair). The session deep-dived into the relevance of looking at social implications, how the computing technologies are evolving and the nutshell of their impact on society. The webinar recording will be available for members to view in the upcoming weeks.

Interactive session: “What's in store for students at IEEE SSIT?”

The IEEE SSIT Panimalar Institute of Technology Student Chapter (Madras Section - India, R10) in association with the IEEE SSIT Student Activities Committee hosted this interactive information session on 15th June 2021 at 7 PM IST. The session was presented by Mr Saiteja Goud Karingu (IEEE SSIT Student Activities Committee Chair), and discussion majorly revolved around membership benefits and insights into new initiatives rolling out in upcoming months. The energetic attendees also had breakout interactions with Mr Mithresh G (R10 Representative - IEEE SSIT SAC) and Mr Vaishnav S (Kerala Area Representative - IEEE SSIT SAC).

Increase in SSIT Student Membership
We're delighted to share that a 46% increase in our Student membership was achieved along with a 9% increase in our Graduate Student membership this month.

To learn more about the SSIT SAC, click here.

The Student Activities Committee has a number of vacancies. We are seeking proactive members to serve on the committee. Please see the complete structure of the committee, open roles and responsibilities here.

For expressions of interest to serve on the committee, or for other inquiries please email the SAC Chair, Saiteja Goud K ( saiteja.k@ieee.org).
 
 
 
 
Report: SSIT Web Content Contributions and IEEE.tv Channel
 
 
Submitted by Miriam Cunningham
 
 
Thank you to the SSIT Members and Chapters who have responded to date to the invitation to contribute content for publication on the SSIT website. We look forward to receiving regular contributions. Please send articles, event notifications and other relevant content including pictures to Miriam Cunningham, SSIT Web Committee Chair.

We have enabled a SSIT Society Channel on IEEE.tv and published recordings of guest lectures organised by the UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter and co-hosted by other SSIT Chapters, as a playlist for SSIT Chapter meetings. Thank you to the Guest Lecturers who provided permission for the following lectures to be recorded and published:

Other playlists will be set up depending on the content contributed over the coming months.

SSIT Chapters, Distinguished Lecturers and SSIT supported Events are invited to provide Miriam Cunningham with recordings of Guest Lectures and other relevant content linked with SSIT’s Technical areas and field of interest for publication in the SSIT Society Channel on IEEE.tv. Please send a link by email to download the .mp4 file, include SSIT branding in the recording, and ensure that you have written permission from the speaker to publish it.

 
 
 
 
Report: IST-Africa 2021 Conference
 
 
 
 
Submitted by Miriam Cunningham
 
 
Hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation and Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa 2021 (10 - 14 May) was the sixteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research and Innovation Conferences.

IST-Africa took place for the second time as a very successful virtual conference during the COVID-19 pandemic and was very well attended with over 400 participants from 36 counties around the world. Feedback received from speakers and delegates was very positive. Sessions were interactive in nature with a good level of knowledge sharing.

The IST-Africa 2021 Final Programme incorporated 30 thematically focused sessions featuring over 120 presenters from the public, private, education, research and societal organisations from 25 countries. Thematic areas include: CyberSecurity, Collaborative Open Innovation and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship, Global Development, Content Technologies, eHealth, eGovernment, Societal Implications of Technology, Next Generation Computing, eInfrastructure, ICT Supporting Power Delivery, Technology-enhanced Learning, eAgriculture and Environmental Sustainability.

The following Plenary Presentations are available for viewing:

IST-Africa 2021 was Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE Africa Council, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, IEEE Education Society, IEEE Technology and Engineering Management Society, IEEE South Africa Section, IEEE Tunisia Section, IEEE Uganda Section and IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter.

IST-Africa 2022 will take place in Pretoria, South Africa in May 2022 hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation.

 
 
 
 
Call for Expressions of Interest to Host SSIT Conferences
 
 
IEEE SSIT organizes, co-organizes, and sponsors conferences focused on technology, society and ethics. IEEE SSIT is seeking expressions of interest from SSIT members interested in hosting the following conferences around the world.

IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS)
IEEE ISTAS is the annual flagship event of the IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). It is organized each year by SSIT in cooperation with SSIT Chapters and IEEE Sections. IEEE ISTAS brings together a broad range of disciplines (e.g., natural and social sciences, policy, ethics and education) to share research and experiences about the implications of technology adoption, adaptation and evolution.

SSIT is looking toward future ISTAS two to four years from now to allow planning and continuity between annual events. We are issuing a call for proposals for volunteers as organizers of ISTAS in 2023, 2024, and beyond.

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. The next 21CW conference will take place from 22-25 July 2021 in Chennai, India.

Expressions of interest are welcome for 2023.

If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please contact SSIT Conferences Chair, Jay Pearlman ( jay.pearlman@ieee.org) to request SSIT’s Call for Proposals Guide, which provides:
  • Guidance for conference organization and operations
  • An overview of expectations for proposal content
  • Background on ISTAS conference (including a list of recent events)
  • A proposal template
 
 
 
 
Call for Nominations: IEEE SSIT Awards
 
 
IEEE SSIT has three major awards, all of which are open for nomination 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 at https://technologyandsociety.org/member-resources/awards-programs/barus-award-recipients/.

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 at
https://technologyandsociety.org/member-resources/awards-programs/brian-o-connell-award/.

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 at
https://technologyandsociety.org/member-resources/awards-programs/norbert-wiener-award/.

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.
 
 
Publications
 
 
June 2021 IEEE Technology & Society Magazine Issue is Here
 
 
SSIT members should have received notice that the June 2021 issue of the IEEE Technology & Society Magazine, a special issue on " Putting the AI into Building Back fAIrer,” is now available.

Many articles within the issue are publicly available at no charge, and we encourage SSIT members to share this information with others in your own professional networks.
 
 
 
 
IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society
 
 
 
 
The IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society publishes four issues each year (March, June, September, and December), and submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.

The editorial team seeks research papers on the interactions among technology, science, and society; on the impact of such interactions on individuals and society; and on the ethical, professional and social responsibility in the practice of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Find out more about the publication’s scope, topics, and article submission guidelines here, and be sure to visit the Transactions section of the SSIT website to read about current and past issues.

Note that submissions for a SPECIAL ISSUE on the topic:
After COVID-19: Crises, Ethics, and Socio-Technical Change,” will be accepted until 1 December 2021. The issue is slated for May 2022 publication (Details available HERE), and confirmed guest editors are:
  • Rafael A. Calvo, Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College London
  • Sebastian Deterding, Digital Creativity Labs, University of York
  • Catherine Flick, Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University
  • Christoph Luetge, Institute for Ethics in AI, Technical University of Munich (TUM)
  • Alison Powell, Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Jack Stilgoe, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London
  • Karina Vold, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto & University of Cambridge
For expressions of interest to serve on the editorial board as an ongoing reviewer or associate editor, or for other inquiries please email founding editor-in-chief Katina Michael.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Conferences
 
 
IEEE 3rd Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century (21CW2020): Being Human in a Global Village

Virtual Event (Anna University, Chennai, India) | 22-25 July 2021

21CW2020: "Being Human in a Global Village" is the third in a series of conferences initiated by the IEEE SSIT, and follows successful events in Boston (2014) and Melbourne (2016). This series focuses on the 21st century legacy of mathematician, technologist, and philosopher Norbert Wiener, whose work in cybernetics brought ideas like complexity, computing, communications, and control to the quest for a general systems theory.

The upcoming event invites participants 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.

This conference has three general themes:
  • The state of technologies initiated by Norbert Wiener
  • The social impact of those technologies
  • Wiener’s 1950s engagement and travels in India
More specifically, participants are invited to consider how Wiener’s work resonates with various contemporary interpretations of the concept “global village.” For example, literary scholar Sue-Im claims that it has come to designate “the dominant term for expressing a global coexistence altered by transnational commerce, migration, and culture,” while Thomas Friedman sees our world “tied together into a single globalized marketplace and village.”

In keeping with the interdisciplinary ethos of Wiener’s work, the conference invites participants from all disciplines that engage with the social implications of technology.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We Robot 2021 (Robotics Law and Policy Conference)

Coral Gables, Florida
  | 23-25 September 2021
 
 
 
 
The 10th annual robotics law and policy conference—We Robot 2021—will be held at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, USA, on 23-25 September 2021. Currently, plans are for an in-person event with a virtual option, but this may change subject to circumstances. Previously, the conference has been held at the University of Miami, University of Washington, Stanford, Yale, and the University of Ottawa.

This conference will build on a growing body of scholarship exploring how the increasing sophistication and autonomous decision-making capabilities of robots and their widespread deployment everywhere from the home, to hospitals, to public spaces, to the battlefield, disrupts existing legal regimes or requires rethinking policy issues.

Note that although the call for papers deadline has passed, the call for posters remains open until 1 June 2021. Poster acceptances may be offered on a rolling basis (i.e. it may be beneficial to submit earlier). Here is a link to the PDF version of the We Robot 2021 – Call For Papers, Demonstrations & Posters.

The conference organizers anticipate waiving conference fees, paying reasonable round-trip coach airfare, and providing two nights hotel accommodation for one presenter per paper and for all discussants. They will waive all conference fees for all other authors and for poster presenters; they are currently exploring scholarship opportunities to help students cover the costs of attendance.

Follow the link below to visit the We Robot 2021 conference website for more information.
 
 
 
 
 
 
IEEE GHTC 2021: Second Call for Papers Deadline 02 July 2021

Virtual Event
  | 19-23 October 2021
 
 
 
 
IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE GHTC 2021) is an annual flagship international conference sharing practical technology-enabled solutions supporting achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) by addressing the needs of underserved communities in resource constrained environments around the world. The 11th GHTC will take place as a virtual event from 19 - 23 October.

IEEE GHTC Technical Program Chairs would like to thank the authors who submitted papers by the initial deadline. These papers are under review. To accommodate authors who require more time to write up their results, GHTC will have a second call deadline of 02 July, with feedback provided in late July.

Thematic areas include:
  • Affordable & Clean Energy (SDG7)
  • Agriculture & Food Security (SDG2)
  • Clean Water & Sanitation (SDG6)
  • Connectivity & Communication in Support of Development
  • Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG8)
  • Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response & Recovery: Disaster Planning and Preparedness
  • Good Health and Well Being (SDG3)
  • Quality Education (SDG4)
  • Other Related United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (e.g. SDGs 9, 11, 12, 14).
  • Technology Impacts on Societal Evolution

Stakeholders from the public, private, education and research, societal, funding and donor sectors are invited to submit Oral Presentation proposals or Short Papers (early stage results) as well as Full Papers (mature results), sharing Sustainable Development, ICT4D and Humanitarian Technology related insights, experiences, good practices and lessons learnt from a research, policy, practitioner and/or community perspective. Papers should present analysis of initial or final research results or a case study. General project descriptions are not appropriate. Submissions will be assessed for quality, relevance, consideration of ethical issues, methodological vigour and potential or actual impact. For more information on paper submissions, click here.

IEEE GHTC 2021 is Sponsored by IEEE Region 6, IEEE Seattle Section and IEEE SSIT, with Technical Co-Sponsorship by IEEE-USA, IEEE PELS, and (expected) IEEE CTS, IEEE EMBS, IEEE MTT, IEEE PES, and IEEE Smart Village Initiative.

 
 
 
 
2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21): Technological Stewardship and Responsible Innovation, EXTENDED submission deadline 13 July 2021

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Virtual Event)
  | 28-31 October 2021
 
 
 
 
The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is the flagship conference of the IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). ISTAS is a multi/inter/trans‐disciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

Hosted by the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), ISTAS21 runs from 28-31 October, and will take place as a virtual event.

The ISTAS21 theme, "Technological Stewardship & Responsible Innovation," invites participation from academics and practitioners who are engaged in current debates about the status, future, and significance of technology in today’s society, and who are interested in topics related to ethics, sustainability, equity, and social values within the tech industry. The conference seeks to foster trans-disciplinary and cross-sector conversations about how technological innovation can embrace and build from principles related to “stewardship” and “responsibility,” broadly conceived.

13 July: Submission Deadline (for all full-length, short-length, and abstract-only submissions)

Be sure to visit the ISTAS21 website for additional details about the Call for Papers, submission deadlines, speakers, registration, sponsorship/patronage opportunities, and more.

 
 
 
 
 
 
IEEE International Humanitarian Technologies Conference (IHTC) 2021: Paper Submission Deadline 31 July 2021

Virtual Event | 
2-4 December 2021
 
 
The IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IHTC) is a Multi-Regional Conference Series rotating between R7 (Canada), R8 (Africa, Europe and Middle East), and R9 (Latin America and Caribbean).

Established in R7 where previous editions took place in 2014 and 2017, IEEE IHTC 2021 takes place in R8 as a Virtual Conference from 2-4 December 2021, organized by Volunteers from IEEE UK and Ireland Section ( UK and Ireland SIGHT), UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter, SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT as well as Region 8, Region 7, Region 9 and UK and Ireland SMC and Systems Council Chapters.

This interdisciplinary conference series focuses on showcasing challenges, success stories, lessons learned, case studies, and technological innovation related to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ICT4D and the application of Humanitarian Technologies (including Disaster Relief and Disaster Recovery) and facilitating engagement stakeholders from the public, private, education and research and societal sectors around the world. We place a particular emphasis on facilitating participation by key stakeholder groups from low and lower-middle-income countries as well as low resource communities.

Submissions are invited for Short Paper Presentation (early stage results) or Full Paper Presentation (mature results) by 31 July to facilitate the diversity of stakeholders who wish to contribute and have valuable experiences and perspectives to share. Submissions will be assessed for quality, relevance and potential or actual impact. Presenters and delegates alike will enjoy the opportunity to share insights and build relationships with like-minded individuals, organisations and stakeholder groups around the world.

Visit https://technologyandsociety.org/event/ieee-ihtc-2021/ and https://www.ihtc21.org.uk/call-for-participation/ for more details