January | February  2022
Message from the Editor
Heather Love, Editor, IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) Newsletter

Dear SSIT Members,

With best wishes for a belated Happy New Year to you all, I’m pleased to be sending out the first issue of our SSIT Newsletter for 2022. Below you’ll find news of a recent award for age-appropriate design standard work by SSIT’s Katina Michael (congratulations!), introductions to our three newest SSIT Board of Governors Members-at-Large (welcome!), as well as a few publication, conference, and volunteer engagement opportunities. In particular, I’ll draw your attention to the fast-approaching CFP deadlines for SSIT’s 2022 flagship conference, the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society — I hope that you’ll consider submitting your work and participating in the November event.


As always, I invite submissions from all SSIT members for inclusion in future newsletters. Announcements for and reports on local chapter meetings, events, or outreach activities are always welcome; in addition, since our conferences section is currently rather short, I’d love to hear about upcoming events that might be of interest to SSIT members.

To announce an event, news item, volunteer opportunity, CFP, award notice, or other item, please contact me at [email protected]. Submissions for each newsletter are due by the first week of the month.

Sending my very best wishes.

Heather Love

SSIT Announcements
Katina Michael Receives IEEE Standards Association Special Recognition Award

IEEE SSIT Board of Governors Member-at-Large Katina Michael has received a 2021 IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) Managing Director’s Special Recognition Award.

The 2021 IEEE SA awards were announced 6 January 2022, at the IEEE SA annual awards ceremony. The SA Awards recognize entities and individuals for their leadership and participation in standards development.

Michael chaired the IEEE standards committee that developed Standard 2089. Her Award was “in appreciation of her leadership” in the creation of Standard 2089, which “establishes a framework for developing age-appropriate digital services for situations where users are children.” Standard 2089 encompasses the following areas:
  • recognition that the user is a child
  • has considered the capacity and upholds the rights of children
  • offers terms appropriate to children
  • presents information in an age appropriate way and
  • thereby offers a level of validation for service design decisions.
A video of the Awards ceremony is available here, and a video of Michael’s acceptance of the Award is available here. In accepting the award Michael thanked the other members of the standard working group, including vice chairs Prof Ali Hessami and Baroness Beeban Kidron, and secretary Gisele Waters, Ph.D.

“This is for the future generations, our children, to allow them to flourish while using online digital services,” she said.

Michael is Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. She is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Introducing the incoming 2022 SSIT Board of Governors Members
We are happy to confirm that Maxine Cohen, Tom Creely, and Dave Morton have now begun their three-year terms as elected Members-at-Large on the SSIT Board of Governors. We hope that you will join us in welcoming them to the SSIT leadership team!

The introductions below provide brief biographies and overviews of the specific areas of SSIT activities they will be focused on during their terms; please feel free to reach out to Maxine, Tom, and Dave if their areas of interest overlap with your own and you would like to get involved with SSIT initiatives.
Maxine Cohen

Dr. Maxine Cohen received a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Vermont, an M.S. (specialization in Computer Science), and a Ph.D. (specialization Systems Science) from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. She fully retired from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) in 2019 after more than twenty years of service and received emerita status. Maxine taught graduate (masters and doctoral) courses and supervised Ph.D. students. Her primary teaching focus was Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), and she also taught in Interface Design, Multimedia Systems, Database, and Social Media. During her teaching career, she has used distance education modalities as well as traditional (face-to-face) formats.

Maxine co-authored Designing the User Interface: Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction, 5th (2009) and 6th (2016) editions. In addition, she has published in multiple technical journals, and has presented her research and led workshops at conferences including ACM SIGCHI, IEEE Frontiers in Education, AMCIS, and the Grace Hopper conference. She has served as a textbook reviewer for several publishers and has reviewed graduate fellowship applications for the Department of Defense and the National Science Foundation.

Before joining NSU, she worked at IBM in the User-Centered Design department (both in Boca Raton, FL and Endicott, NY). Before IBM, she was a faculty member (teaching undergraduate and graduate courses) in the Computer Science department in the Watson School of Engineering at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton. She also served for two years as Director of the undergraduate Computer Science department. She created and taught the first HCI course at SUNY Binghamton and served as the PI on an NSF sponsored Laboratory in Multimedia grant.

Maxine has been a member of ACM since 1979 and is a Senior Life Member of IEEE. She served as a Category Editor for ACM Computing Reviews from 1991 to 2016 and has served as an ABET Program Evaluator since 2018. Since 2019, Maxine has served on the IEEE Life Members Committee (LMC) and currently serves as Vice-Chair. In this position, she acts as liaison to the History Committee and oversees any fellowships sponsored by the LMC. She also served for two years on the IEEE Admissions and Advancement Committee as the Division 3 representative. She graduated from the IEEE VoLT program in 2020. This year, in addition to joining the SSIT board as a member at large—where she is chairing the Educational Activities committee—she has also been appointed to the IEEE Awards Board (Presentation and Publicity).

In her free time, she enjoys reading, interacting with her 10-year-old granddaughter, and she is just learning to play canasta. Maxine lives in Boca Raton, Florida with her husband of 52 years.
Tom Creely

Thomas “Tom” Creely, Ph.D. is creator and director of the Ethics and Emerging Military Technology Graduate Certificate Program at the U.S. Naval War College and works with the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, Defense Innovation Board, Cyber Solarium Commission, National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence, and defense industry. He is a board member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics and past board member of the International Association for Continuing Education and Training.

Tom is ethics advisor to DARPA Project Cornucopia, he is a source to The Wall Street Journal WSJ Pro AI, and he is currently working with Special Competitive Studies Project (SCSP.AI) recently founded by Dr. Eric Schmidt. As an affiliate of the Jahn Research Group, University of Wisconsin Madison, Tom collaborated in the creation of FoodSourceUSA.com in response to mitigating food waste during Covid-19. Tom has been a faculty member at Brown University, Georgia State University, Kennesaw State University, and University of South Carolina. A retired Navy Chaplain, his Navy career included sea, ashore, overseas, and the Marine Corps, as well as serving as an enlisted Sailor.

As an IEEE SSIT Board of Governors member, Tom’s objective is to leverage the deep thinking at the intersection of ethics, human values, and technology as we engage the future. What does it mean to be human in an age of technology? Ethics of technology is an essential element in the national security of the United States and for the broader global society. The discipline of ethics of technology is designed to deepen expertise in the ethical complexities imposed by new and emerging technology, such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology, nanotechnology, information technology, neurotechnology, and other emerging technologies. He is a strong advocate for ethics of technology in DOD, academia, think tanks, and multinational corporations.

Email Tom.
Dave Morton

I joined the IEEE as a graduate student in the history of technology around 1990, with encouragement from Dr. James Brittain of Georgia Tech. An historian and IEEE Fellow (later Life Fellow), Dr. Brittain was an active IEEE volunteer and a strong advocate for the SSIT and for the study of electrical engineering history. I later worked at the IEEE History Center when it was at Rutgers University. Since I am a historian rather than an engineer, SSIT has always been my primary “technical” society within the IEEE, and in the late 1990s, I was invited to become its Secretary.

I chaired ISTAS in 1999, which was co-sponsored that year by IEEE Women in Engineering (then a committee), establishing one of the earliest formal connections between SSIT and WIE. Although my career took a turn and I curtailed most of my volunteer duties, I remained an SSIT member through the years.

Last year, I was contacted by former Membership Chair Kalyan Sen, who was looking for volunteers to form a new Atlanta-based SSIT section. Largely through Kalyan’s effort, this new chapter was approved and is just now getting off the ground. Meanwhile, I was invited to run for one of the available Board seats and was delighted to be elected.

As an observer of the engineering profession rather than a participant in it, and as someone with a background in the humanities, I have long advocated for a greater sense of reflection and self-examination within the electrical engineering profession. My own interest in the profession and in IEEE technologies are historical, and I believe engineers would benefit greatly from a deeper understanding of their own field’s past -both the technical and the human side of things. But more broadly, I hope to encourage a whole spectrum of ways of thinking about the place of EE in society that spans history, ethics, social inequities, the environment, and public policy. I will seek to do everything I can to encourage engineers to become more thoughtful and engaged members of society and to consider the social implications of their work.

As a member of the Board of Governors, I hope to accomplish more modest things. I believe my long experience with the SSIT has provided me with a broad perspective on its goals and aspirations, and that this will be of service to the organization. Much of what I can contribute along those lines will simply be actions in the long-term interest of the Society and the Institute, providing continuity and enabling growth.

Email Dave.
Ethical Dilemmas: Call for Submissions to Joint SSIT/LMC Newsletter Series
The IEEE LMC and the IEEE SSIT seek articles for their newsletters where professionals had to make an ethical and challenging choice between two or more courses of action. We are calling these "ethical dilemmas" articles.

The submissions should explain the problem, why it was a moral conflict (explaining the choices and the consequences), and how the author resolved it. The articles must be void of any identifying information. The goal is to provide our readers with articles that express the ethical challenges technical professionals face in their varied work experiences.

Articles should be between 350 and 500 words in length. Please submit the articles to Maxine Cohen and Heather Love.

The LMC and the SSIT publish selected ethical dilemmas in their June and December newsletters. Consequently, 1 March and 1 September are the submission deadlines.
IEEE Technology & Society Magazine (TSM)

IEEE TSM is SSIT’s award-winning flagship publication. It features peer-reviewed and general interest articles that explore and analyze the profound impacts of technology on our world.

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

IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society
The IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society publishes four issues each year (March, June, September, and December); 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.

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.
IEEE SUSTECH 2022: Registration Open!

Riverside, CA (Virtual Event)
  | 21-23 April 2022

Registration for SusTech 2022: How Emerging Technologies are Driving Sustainability is now open. SusTech 2022 will be virtual from sunny Riverside, CA.

SusTech 2022 will be held from Thursday, 21 April through Saturday 23 April 2022. The event will feature a full program of plenary sessions (keynotes and panels) and papers on April 21-22, a student poster contest, and a one-day Sustainability Forum on 23 April. The program overview can be found here.

For Authors, Early-Bird Registration goes until 11:59 pm PST on 30 January 2022. All authors must register at the author rate.

For Attendees, Early-Bird Registration ends 11:59 pm PST on 30 March 2022. We have reduced early attendee rates for IEEE Members to US$50, for IEEE Student/Life Members to US$25, and to US$75 for non-members. (Attendee proceedings available for US$50)

IEEE SSIT is a technical co-sponsor of SusTech 2022.
IEEE ISTAS22: Digital and Societal Transformations
Hong Kong (Hybrid In-Person/Virtual Event)
  | 10-12 November 2022

SSIT’s 2022 flagship conference, the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) will take place from 10-12 November in Hong Kong, on the theme “Digital and Societal Transformations.” ISTAS22 is currently being planned as a hybrid in-person/virtual event.

All SSIT members are invited to submit their work for presentation at the conference. Details about topics of interest, submission guidelines, and key dates are available in the Call for Papers.

Please Note) Abstract-only submissions are due by 28 February 2022

Full-paper submissions (for peer review) are due by 31 March 2022

Ongoing Calls
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 ( [email protected]) 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 New Content: SSIT Website and IEEE.tv Channel
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.

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.
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

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

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.
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