June 2023

Message from the Editors
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Dear SSIT Members,

We are happy to present the June issue of SSIT’s Newsletter, which includes notes of congratulations, information about upcoming events, calls for volunteer engagement on the SSIT Board of Governors and Technical Activities Committee, reports on recently completed conferences, and information on publication and conference opportunities that should be of interest to many members.

We hope that our new “Table of Contents” feature and “Back to Top” buttons (which you’ll find at the end of each section) will make it easy for you to navigate the newsletter!

As always, we invite submissions of content for inclusion in future newsletters. We welcome announcements for and reports on local Chapter meetings, events, or outreach activities; in addition, we would love to hear about upcoming events, webinars, and conferences relevant to SSIT members.

Please send proposed content via email to [email protected]. The deadline for inclusion in the next issue is 5 July 2023.

Best wishes to you all.

Heather Love (IEEE SSIT Newsletter Editor in Chief)
Shannon Lodoen (IEEE SSIT Newsletter Associate Editor)
SSIT Announcements
Congratulations to Kalyan and Mey Sen, IEEE Pittsburgh Section 2023 Volunteers of the Year

We are delighted to share the news that last month, SSIT’s Kalyan and Mey Sen received the “2023 Volunteer of the Year” award from Section Chair Steve Mozelewski at the IEEE Pittsburgh Section’s Annual History & Awards Dinner at the Edgewood Country Club. Says Kalyan: “We feel that whatever we do is our humble service to our local community.”

Congratulations and thank you to both recipients for such hard work and dedication to IEEE and SSIT.

ISTAS-2023 Registration Open: Early-Bird Rates Until 30 June

Submitted by Terri Bookman


Registration is now open for SSIT’s flagship conference, the 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS). IEEE ISTAS-2023: Technology and Analytics for Global Development takes place from 13-15 September 2023 in at Swansea University (Swansea, Wales). 

Pricing details are available HERE. We encourage all SSIT members to register by 30 June 2023 to take advantage of early-bird rates. Questions can be directed to: [email protected].

ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, and technologists to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

ISTAS-2023 aims to bring together contributions from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, and communities for the advancement of knowledge regarding Technology and Analytics for Global Development. Participation is invited from academics and practitioners who are engaged in current debates about the role and significance of technology and analytics, and who are interested in topics related to sustainability, ethics, equity, and social values for global development.

The ISTAS 2023 program will feature seven paper tracks, plus the following:

Daily Keynote Presentations:

  • Day 1 (13 Sept.): Prof. Sajda Qureshi, University of Nebraska: Cycles of Development and Artificial Intelligence in Systems of Survival.

  • Day 2 (14 Sept.): Prof. Raghav Rao, University of Texas at San Antonio: Mobile Payment App Use for Digital Financial Inclusion: Affordances, Constraints, and Cross-country Cultural Influences.

  • Day 3 (15 Sept.): Mr. Abdalla Badhrus, Muslim Education & Welfare Association, Kenya: Navigating Tensions between Indigenous Communities and Global Development Partners: Reflections on 25 Years of Fieldwork in East Africa.

Daily Panel Sessions:

  • Day 1 (13 Sept.): IEEE Societies: Addressing Climate Change Challenges

  • Day 2 (14 Sept.): Public Safety Technologies and Climate Change

  • Day 3 (15 Sept.): Diversity, Ethics, and Inclusion (DEI): A Key to Technological Advancement


  • Pre-conference (12 Sept.): Co-Located Virtual Workshop -- Public Interest Technology for Innovation in Global Development, organized by Dr. Roba Abbas, University of Wollongong, and Prof. Katina Michael, Arizona State University.

  • Day 2 (14 Sept.): Professional Development Workshop -- Indigenous Knowledge and Information Technology, organized by Prof. Jacqueline Corbett, Université Laval, and Dr. Ransome Bawack, Audencia Business School.

Gala Dinner:

  • Day 2 (14 Sept.): with Best Paper Award
July (Virtual) Event: Humanitarian Technologies Best Practices Lecture Series
Submitted by Miriam Cunningham
In July, the IEEE Humanitarian Technologies Board Ad Hoc Committee on SIGHT Best Practices concludes their cooperation with a number of IEEE OUs including IEEE SSIT IST-Africa SIGHT, IEEE Bahrain Section SIGHT, IEEE Philadelphia Section SIGHT, IEEE Karachi SIGHT and IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter to organize a series of lectures during 2023.

IEEE Members, SIGHT Members and SSIT Members as well as non-IEEE Members are invited to Register and participate. The July lecture is as follows:

Dr. Hanan M. Albuflasa, University of Bahrain
The Impact of Energy Efficiency on Low Resource Environments
06 July 2023 10am ET / 3pm GMT+1 (Click here to convert to your local time)
Registration link: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/353549

Focus: In recent years, there has been a growing recognition of the important role energy efficiency can play in addressing humanitarian challenges and improving the lives of vulnerable populations. This has led to increased efforts to promote energy efficiency solutions tailored to humanitarian settings’ specific needs and contexts. In this seminar, we will explore how energy efficiency can improve humanitarian conditions and discuss some of the challenges and opportunities associated with implementing energy efficiency measures in these contexts.

Recordings of past lectures (by Miriam Cunningham, Dr. Pritpal Singh, Dr. Nizar Rokbani, and Prof. Parkash Lohana) are available at https://sight.ieee.org/resources/sight-best-practices-lecture-series/
Calls for Nominations: SSIT Board of Governors and President-Elect

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Call for SSIT Board of Governors Members-at-Large Candidates: Nominations due 15 July 2023

SSIT is seeking candidates for three Board of Governors (BoG) Members-at-Large (2024-2026). All positions are voting members of the SSIT BoG.

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

Candidates should submit a nomination statement that includes 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 experiences of use to SSIT.

The deadline for the nomination to the Board of Directors Member-at-Large is 15 July 2023. Please submit nominations by email to Clint Andrews, SSIT Nominations Committee Chair at [email protected]. Potential candidates are welcome to contact Clint Andrews with questions in advance of submitting their nomination.

Call for SSIT Board of Governors President-Elect Candidates: Nominations due 30 September 2023
SSIT is seeking candidates for President-Elect (2024); this position is a voting member of the SSIT BoG. The 2024 President-Elect is a five-year commitment:

  • One year as President-Elect (2024)
  • Two years as President (2025-2026)
  • Two years as Past President (2027-2028)

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 nominations for President-Elect is 30 September 2023. For more information, potential candidates for either position are welcome to contact the SSIT Nominations Committee Chair Clint Andrews at [email protected].

Call for Volunteers: SSIT Seeks a Technical Activities Communications Champion!

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SSIT Technical Activities coordinates the SSIT technical committees. These committees focus on: ethics; universal access to technology; sustainability; socio-technical systems; gender, equity, and social inclusion; and humanitarian technologies. Together the committees support conferences, publications, events, research, and other activities in the SSIT fields of interest.

We seek a volunteer to fill the role of Technical Activities Communications Chair. In this role, you will be a member of our Administrative Committee and Executive Committee. You will be key to promoting the outstanding work of the technical committees. We will provide training and mentoring as required. The Technical Activities leadership team is collaborative and enthusiastic, a great and diverse group of volunteers.

For more information contact Greg Adamson at [email protected].

SSIT in the News: Purdue University Reports on IEEE ETHICS-2023

Submitted by Brent Jesiek, IEEE-ETHICS Conference Chair

A synopsis of the key ideas and implications of SSIT’s recent IEEE ETHICS-2023 conference appeared in the June 6th edition of Purdue University’s Office of Research highlights publication. Here are some highlights from the article:

…The three-day mid-May conference brought together 180 people at the tops of their fields in government, academe and the private sector to explore the theme, “ethics in the global innovation helix,” with particular attention to defining and confronting the big questions surfacing around AI. Among them: how to establish ethical and legal governance for AI; what AI means for the future of work; AI’s potential effects on diversity and equity; and the need to adapt education to AI ubiquity.

Local conference organizer Brent Jesiek, Purdue professor of engineering education and electrical and computer engineering, said the strength of the event was in its diversity: “I think that bringing together a multisector interdisciplinary perspective on these emerging issues is really the only way we’re going to address them. We have people from STEM fields, social sciences and humanities. The power is in bringing them together.”

Stefanie Tompkins, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), attended the conference. She said such events are critical to national preparedness. “It’s incredibly important for any science and technology organization to wrestle with the hard questions and look critically at potential impacts of technology development,” Tompkins said. “Conversations with the broader community of ethicists help us see more clearly around corners and over the horizon so we can collectively be better at anticipating potential consequences — the ethical, legal and societal implications of emerging technologies. …

Read the full story here: Purdue ethics conference tackles big-picture AI challenges.

For more information on the IEEE ETHICS-2023 Conference, visit https://attend.ieee.org/ethics-2023/.

IST-Africa 2023: A Recap

Submitted by Miriam Cunningham

IST-Africa 2023 took place in Tshwane, South Africa from 31 May to 02 June, hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation. The 18th Edition of the IST-Africa Institute’s Flagship Conference was Supported by the European Commission and African Union Commission and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE Societal Implications of Technology, IEEE South Africa Section and IEEE Africa Council.

IST-Africa 2023 directly supports Innovation, Science and Technology aspects of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) and national policies including ICT and Digital Economy Masterplan for South Africa, National Digital and Future Skills Strategy and Foundational Digital Capabilities Research – Decadal Plan.

IST-Africa 2023 was extremely successful as both a knowledge-sharing and networking platform, bringing together over 350 participants from 25 countries representing leading public, private, education and research, societal, funding and international donor organizations, as well as Ambassadors and Science and Technology Counsellors from Embassies accredited to the Republic of South Africa.

IST-Africa 2023 was formally opened by Dr. B E Nzimande, MP, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, South Africa on 31 May 2023. Other presenters in the Opening Plenary included H.E. Sandra Kramer, Ambassador, EU Delegation, South Africa and Mr. Thibaut Kleiner, Director. Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission. The Opening Plenary of IST-Africa 2023 was broadcast live by SABC News, the national broadcaster of South Africa. Click here to view the Opening Plenary Recording.

The Plenary Roundtable focused on the Role of ICT Research and Innovation to Strengthen Digital Innovation Ecosystems in Africa. Chaired and moderated by Prof. Paul Cunningham, Executive Director of the not-for-profit IST-Africa Institute, Ireland, Roundtable Panellists included:

  • Dr. Mmboneni Muofhe, Deputy Director-General: Socio-Economic Innovation Partnerships, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa;
  • Jeanette Morwane, Acting Deputy Director-General: Information Society and Capacity Development, Department of Communications and Digital Technology, South Africa;
  • Pontsho Maruping, Managing Director, SARAO (South African Radio Astronomy Observatory), South Africa;
  • Ganesh Rasagam, Lead Private Sector Specialist, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, World Bank Group, South Africa;
  • Lesley Donna Williams, CEO, Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct, South Africa; and
  • Marius Engelbrecht, Senior Strategy Consultant, Huawei Southern Africa Region

The Plenary Roundtable Panel discussed issues and strategies related to how ICT Research and Innovation can effectively empower and strengthen sustainable Digital Innovation Ecosystems, and how regulatory frameworks and policies can support addressing Societal Challenges by strengthening Digital Innovation Ecosystems and Entrepreneurial Capacity. Click here to view the Plenary Roundtable Recording.

The Scientific Program included 25 thematically focused sessions featuring 110 presenters from public, private, education, research and societal organizations across Africa, Europe, Asia and North America. Thematic areas included: eHealth, Societal Implications of Technology, Next Generation Computing (including Artificial Intelligence, Block Chain), Cyber Security, International Cooperation, Technology Enhanced Learning and Digital Skills, Environmental Sustainability and eAgriculture, Global Development, eGovernment, Content Technologies and ICT-enabled Entrepreneurship.

The Closing Plenary focused on ICT Collaboration as a Driving Force for International and Regional Partnership Modalities. Chaired by Dr. Rasigan Maharajh, Chief Director of the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation, Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa, panelists included:

  • Nadege Hopman, Deputy Head of Regional Representation, Southern Africa & the Indian Ocean, European Investment Bank, South Africa
  • Daan du Toit, Deputy Director-General: International Cooperation and Resources, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
  • Matsi Modise, Board Chair, TIA (Technology Innovation Agency), South Africa
  • Abongile Mashele, Senior Manager: Government Affairs and Public Policy, Google, South Africa

The recording of the Closing Plenary will be published on the IST-Africa YouTube Channel.

The feedback received from presenters, delegates, Ambassadors and Science and Technology Counselors from the diplomatic corps and host Government officials was extremely positive. Presenters benefited from the platform to share results, get feedback from thematic experts, network and build contacts for future cross-border collaboration. Delegates, Science and Technology Counselors and government officials benefited from knowledge sharing and networking.

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

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Information About the Journal
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 the founding editor-in-chief at [email protected].

Special Issue CFP: “Sustainable Development Through Technological Innovations and Data Analytics”

This CFP is for a Special Issue that will be developed in affiliation with the IEEE ISTAS 2023 Conference.

Guest Editors:

  • Antoine Harfouche, University Paris Nanterre, France
  • Mohammad I. Merhi, Indiana University South Bend, USA
  • Abdullah Albizri, Montclair State University, USA
  • Denis Dennehy, Swansea University, Wales
  • Jason Thatcher, Temple University, USA

Sustainable development builds on the premise that development meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (United Nations). The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are global, grand challenges that are inherently complex, multi-faceted and socially embedded (Henriksen et al., 2021). The SDGs inevitably encounter tensions between their design and implementation, representing design-reality gaps (Pradhan et al., 2022; Heeks, 2020a; Dennehy et al., 2014). While optimism is relatively high about the role of technology and analytics in supporting sustainable global development (Smidt & Jokonya, 2022), significant learning remains about how best to use them as ‘platforms that mediate development’ (Heeks, 2020b).

There is increasing awareness and expectation that the academic community has an active role in achieving sustainable development that includes three interconnected elements, namely, economic well-being and social inclusion (Baghdadi, et al. 2020; Johnson et al., 2021), and environmental protection (Dennehy et al., 2021; Dwivedi et al., 2022). Despite the efforts made by scholars to advance the understanding of applying technology and analytics to encourage sustainable development and energy conservation (e.g., Albizri, 2020; Khene & Masiero, 2022; Masiero & Arvidsson, 2021), a concerted effort by academic disciplines, policymakers, practitioners, and the intended beneficiaries of the SDGs is required to discover and create better ways to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient future for people and planet (Harfouche et al., 2019; Harfouche et al., 2022).

This Special Issue of the journal Information Systems Frontiers brings together contributions from various perspectives, disciplines, and communities to advance knowledge of how to apply technological innovations and data analytics for sustainable development to make the world a better place for all (Walsham, 2012). Some organizations focus on driving business value and keeping ahead of competitors. At the same time, others focus on facilitating societal change by generating both business value and social value. For this reason, organizations are investing more in responsible technological innovations, including responsible AI (Johnson et al., 2021; Merhi, 2022) for an ethical and inclusive digitized society. To further understand how to apply technology innovation and analytics to encourage sustainable social and economic development, we seek interdisciplinary papers that bridge domains including information systems, organizational science, strategic management, and information science.

Important Dates:

  • Submission deadline: 30 September 2023
  • Notification of first round reviews: 15 December 2023 § Revised Manuscripts due: 15 February 2024
  • Notification of second round reviews: 30 April 2024
  • Final version due: 30 June 2024

See the full Special Issue CFP for details regarding topics of interest and submission guidelines.

Special Issue CFP: “Indigenous Knowledge and Information Technology for Sustainable Development”

This CFP is for a Special Issue that will be developed in affiliation with the IEEE ISTAS 2023 Conference.

Guest Editors:

  • Ransom Bawack, Audencia Business School, France
  • Sian Roderick, School of Management, Swansea University, Wales, UK
  • Abdalla Badhrus, Muslim Education and Welfare Association (MEWA), Kenya
  • Denis Dennehy, Swansea University, Wales
  • Jacqueline Corbett, Faculty of Business Administration, Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada

This Special Issue of the journal Information Technology for Development aims to stimulate rigorous scientific research on the role of indigenous knowledge in IT for sustainable development. Heading into the critical second half of the SDG 2030 agenda, this Special Issue focuses on how to leverage and integrate indigenous knowledge to increase the contribution of IT solutions to the achievement of the SDGs. It aspires to demonstrate how strengthening the involvement of indigenous peoples, local communities, and their knowledge can influence the impacts of IT-based development strategies that meet the needs of poor and marginalized communities. Thus, we welcome papers that reveal the positive and/or negative aspects of associating indigenous knowledge and IT for sustainable development.

This Special Issue welcomes papers from all disciplines and encourages multidisciplinary that apply quantitative, qualitative, design science or mixed-methods research approaches.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline for submission: 15 January 2024
  • Notification of initial acceptance: 31 March 2024
  • Deadline for revised papers: 30 June 2024
  • Notification of final acceptance: 30 September 2024
  • Tentative publication date: December 2024

See the full Special Issue CFP for details regarding context, aims, and scope; topics of interest; and submission guidelines.

IEEE ISTAS 2023: Technology and Analytics for Global Development

13-15 September 2023
Swansea University, Swansea, Wales


Note: additional information regarding ISTAS 2023 appears earlier in this newsletter.

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-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, and technologists to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

ISTAS23 aims to bring together contributions from a variety of perspectives, disciplines, and communities for the advancement of knowledge regarding Technology and Analytics for Global Development. Participation is invited from academics and practitioners who are engaged in current debates about the role and significance of technology and analytics, and who are interested in topics related to sustainability, ethics, equity, and social values for global development.

Registration is now open! Early-bird rates are available until 30 June 2023.

IEEE ISTAS 2023 is Technical Co-sponsored by IEEE Region 8, IEEE UK and Ireland Section, IEEE UK and Ireland SSIT Chapter and IEEE UK and Ireland Education Chapter.

2023 IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference (GHTC)
12 - 15 October 2023
Villanova University, USA

IEEE GHTC focuses on advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. This cross-disciplinary annual conference provides the perfect venue for those interested in humanitarian projects to join their peers in October 2023 at Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA.

GHTC is an international flagship conference, focused on bringing together people working on the application of technology to address critical issues for the benefit of the resource-constrained and vulnerable populations in the world. It is a forum where IEEE works with developers and NGOs to identify the most pressing needs. We encourage participants from academia, for-profit and non-profit businesses, governmental and non-governmental organizations to attend and present research, ideas, and other considerations for the creation of effective humanitarian technology. We also invite participants to share case studies and lessons learned from the deployment and application of humanitarian technologies.

For more information, visit: https://ieeeghtc.org/
2023 IEEE International Humanitarian Technologies Conference: CFP Deadline 16 July 2023
1-3 November 2023
Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

The IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE IHTC) is an interdisciplinary conference series organized by IEEE Region 7 (Canada), IEEE Region 8 (Africa, Europe, and the Middle East), and IEEE Region 9 (Latin America and the Caribbean). IEEE IHTC 2023 will be hosted at Corales de Indias Hotel (Cartagena, Colombia) on 1-3 November.

Stakeholders from the public, private, education and research, and societal sectors around the world are invited to submit their contributions focused on showcasing challenges, success stories, lessons learned, case studies, and technological innovation related to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), ICT4D, and the application of Humanitarian Technologies (including Disaster Relief and Disaster Recovery).

Submissions are invited for Interactive presentations or Oral presentations (proof of concept and mature results) 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, organizations, and stakeholder groups around the world. All the submissions should include results that have not previously been published and have not been submitted to another conference or journal. Also, it is important to remark that all submissions will undergo a Plagiarism Check before being assigned for blind peer review by members of the Technical Program Committee (TPC).

In partnership with IEEE Latin America Transactions, the papers with the highest quality will be invited for publication in the journal. All accepted papers must be presented, which is mandatory to be published in the conference proceedings or in IEEE Latin America Transactions.

For more information, including a comprehensive list of IEEE IHTC 2023 Thematic areas, see the Call for Papers. Paper submissions are due by 16 July 2023.
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 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), and as a virtual event hosted from Chennai, India (2021), with satellite activities in India 2014, 2016, 2018.

Expressions of interest are welcome for 2025.

If you are interested in hosting one of these events, please contact SSIT Conferences Chair, Jay Pearlman at [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 Bob Dent ([email protected]). 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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