December 2023

Message from the Editors
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Dear SSIT Members,

Here we are at the end of 2023! This newsletter is fairly short and sweet, so we hope that you’ll take some time to read through the announcements below, which include:

  • The newly released ISTAS 2024 CFP
  • The latest column in our series introducing SSIT members to the work of our Standards Committee, this time featuring Deborah Hagar on Standard P7010.1, “Recommended Practice for Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Social Development Goal (SDG) Action Implementation and Advancing Corporate Social Responsibility”
  • Reminders about upcoming deadlines for SSIT’s matching funds campaign and various job, publication, and conference opportunities.

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 newsletter is 8 January 2024.

Best wishes to you all.

Heather Love (IEEE SSIT Newsletter Editor in Chief)
Shannon Lodoen (IEEE SSIT Newsletter Associate Editor)
SSIT Announcements

All SSIT members are invited to submit brief reports and updates about upcoming and completed presentations and activities you are part of that are relevant to SSIT!

ISTAS 2024 CFP Announced

As announced previously, SSIT’s annual flagship conference, the International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) will take place from 18 - 20 September 2024 in Puebla, Mexico. The ISTAS 2024 conference theme is The Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI), and the preliminary CFP is now live on the conference website.

SSIT invites participation from practitioners in academia, industry, and government who contemplate the impacts of technology on today’s society in the areas of ethics, sustainability, and equity, and who particularly examine social values within the tech industry. We also invite individuals involved in Technology Policy that would like to better understand the social implications that will arise with the use of AI.

The conference seeks to foster multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary interactions with cross-sector conversations about legal and economic issues of AI and challenges for policymakers. Examples of risks include inadvertent malicious use of AI, or security risks when, say, medical guidelines produced by these systems may contain false information and cause the death of a patient. Plagiarism may occur with the use of AI in education, industry or government. As Society becomes more dependent on the use of AI, new social challenges will arise when AI and automation eliminate manufacturing jobs, requiring re-education of the workforce. AI offers new challenges in cybersecurity as well as new approaches for national and international security, AI ethics, ethics in autonomous weapons systems and the use of autonomous transportation vehicles.

Visit the conference website for the full list of topics of interest.

Important Dates
Paper submission deadline: 31 May 2024
Notification: 30 June 2024
Camera-ready paper deadline: 26 July 2024

Stay tuned for additional details about ISTAS 2024 in future SSIT newsletters!

SSIT Standards Committee Column: Q&A with Deborah Hagar

This is the fourth installment of a new column introducing SSIT members to our Standards Committee activities. Previous newsletters featured Ruth Lewis (Chair, SSIT Standards Committee), Peter Reid (Working Group Chair, P7011 Standard for the Process of Identifying and Rating the Trustworthiness of News Sources), and Ben Bland (Working Group Chair, P7014, Standard for Ethical Considerations in Emulated Empathy in Autonomous and Intelligent Systems).

Deborah Hagar, IEEE SSIT Standards Committee Working Group Chair P7010.1, Recommended Practice for Environmental Social Governance (ESG) and Social Development Goal (SDG) Action Implementation and Advancing Corporate Social Responsibility

What is this standard?
P7010.1 provides recommendations for the next steps in applying IEEE Standard 7010 for use in sustainability initiatives and in meeting social responsibility goals in corporate and organization settings. It provides the framework to develop and execute action plans and maps elements to address in meeting the ethical standards of IEEE Standard 7010.

P7010 establishes recommended practices to assess ethical processes in the use of AI and advanced technologies, and establishes recommendations to adapt higher standards of performance. It introduces further considerations to assist in its use. P7010.1 focuses on the recommended practices for assistance in applying P7010 in corporate settings in the development of the new goals of sustainability and social development, validating the design of the published standard, and providing recommended practices for expanded multiple use.

Why is it important?
As the added goals of sustainability require new designs and processes—and integration of new goals into existing business processes—P7010.1 provides engineers, technicians, data scientists, and business line users with enabling mechanisms to fulfill ESG and SDG commitments. Furthermore, P7010.1 addresses the fundamental addition of technology to provide the required infrastructure and governance capabilities, with an ethical model for corporate use in the published corporate digital responsibility.

P7010.1 provides pathways to enlarge the capacity for sustainability, develop the capabilities that support action plans, and increase the power and ability to gain new values from corporate assets. It puts forward four building blocks that can remove barriers to achieving new goals and sets forth recommended actions, steps, and measures for these areas. The four areas include:

  • Digital/Data Infrastructure
  • Governance/Organization Culture
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration/Decision Making
  • Metrics/Corporate Value*

*Glossary/Taxonomies for recognized international standards (metrics utilized are existing published and validated metrics).

P7010.1 will provide a roadmap to guide the desired level of change in pursuit of the desired results: compliance-meeting regulations, effective operations management, and optimized performance and sustainability.

The need for this project comes from the three driving forces universally impacting corporations and organizations: climate change, responsibility for social impact, and digital transformation. These forces are disrupting current organization models and, combined with the economic demands for agility and resilience, require the full use of our human intelligence and digital resources to meet these additional demands. In other words, they require “new” specifications, designs, processes, and supporting systems.

What is a real-world example/case study of how this might help?
Recognized need for new recommendations is evidenced in the fact that corporations are setting goals and targets but are limited in the ability to stretch current resources to add new goals, support, and scale action plans to achieve the target goals. New designs are required to embed sustainability and social responsibility into businesses processes with more transparency and accountability for results.

What stage is it at?

All Working Group members are actively engaged in the draft development (ensuring unified endorsement of the focus, components to be included, and the fundamental infrastructure with the ethical implementation of advanced technology). Completion of the draft, to prepare for balloting, is scheduled to be completed in the first or second quarter of 2024. The Working Group has approved the publication of a white paper on corporate digital responsibility in the first quarter of 2024 as a guiding principle for the ethical use of technology.

What is the current geographical or disciplinary spread of your working members?
Care is being given to build recommended practices that apply the relevant and appropriate standards needed to make this PAR relevant across national boundaries, industries, and organizations of various sizes. The roadmap of recommended practices is being written to support interdisciplinary members that are responsible for project initiatives and/or building internal and external sustainability practices. Our Working Group represents Europe, Asia, the United States, and Australia.

What type of people might be interested or well suited for this standards group?
This Working Group welcomes new members with focus/interest in sustainability and ethical use of AI. P7010.1 will engage members’ expertise in sustainability, artificial intelligence, ethical practices, new corporate value and metrics, and professional/technical writing.

What triggered your own interest in this area?
As Chair, my interest in this area began with my collaboration with IEEE in the ethical development and use of AI, and the rapid development of the international aspirational vision of the larger United Nation goals (i.e., UN Sustainable Development Goals “SDG’s”). The need to provide corporate and organization systems with tools to enlarge their ability to meet the goals of people, the planet, and prosperity is of the utmost importance; pursuing those goals with “ethical practices” can become an example of the vision of SSIT.

Call to action
We welcome all interested parties to contribute to this important body of work, either as Working Group Members, Advisory Members, and/or Technical Editors. To sign up, please email Christy Bahn at [email protected].

Last Call: SSIT’s Matching Funds Opportunity Runs Through 31 December!

As a reminder, an anonymous donor has made the generous offer to match all donations made to SSIT through the IEEE Foundation between now and 31 December 2023, up to a total of US$5000. Donate now to double your impact!

SSIT brings together interdisciplinary communities to support and inform our understanding of:

  • Sustainable Development & Humanitarian Technology
  • Ethics and Human Values
  • Technology Access
  • Societal Impact of Technological Innovation
  • Protecting the Planet
  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion

We work within the technology community, but draw our ideas from practitioners, researchers, inventors, policy makers, professionals and students across many fields. We also influence the direction of technology adoption and development, from awareness and concepts, to standards and professional practice.

These programs are making a difference! Funds will be invested in further strengthening and expanding:

  • Standards development related to social impacts of AI, ethical design, human-robot interaction, and more
  • International Chapter, Young Professional and Student Activities
  • Conference and Distinguished Lecturer Programs addressing society’s most pressing issues
  • related to technology
  • Online Publishing and Education Programs

Ways to Contribute
Donate to SSIT online at
You can make a gift to SSIT in honor or memory of someone who has touched your life

Note that donations to SSIT are managed by the IEEE Foundation, the philanthropic arm of IEEE. IEEE and the IEEE Foundation are U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. For more information contact: [email protected] or +1 732 465 5871.

Reminder: Concordia Hiring Tenure Track Professor in Responsible and Sustainable Innovation

Submitted by Ketra Schmitt

The Centre for Engineering in Society (CES) at Concordia University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the broad areas of Technology, Sustainable Innovation, and Society as they relate to engineering. The application deadline is 15 January 2024.

For full details, please see the job posting on Concordia’s website.

IEEE Technology & Society Magazine (TSM)

Information About the Journal
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 (TTS)

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Call for Associate Editors and Senior Editors
The IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society leadership is recruiting up to 30 Associate Editors and 7 Senior Editors as a complement to the current Editorial Board. This is the first open call for recruitment of suitable candidates from academia, industry, government, and the third sector.

For full details on the postings, please click here. Applications can be submitted to [email protected].

Call for Special Issue Proposals
The Co-Editors-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society (IEEE TTS or Transactions) are calling for special issue proposals from interested members of the international community: informed academics, practitioners, government representatives, and third sector advocates and volunteers, inclusive of independent researchers. This call pertains to special issues that will be scheduled for publication in 2025-26.

  • The special issue proposals should be in line with IEEE TTS’ fields of interest and address an interdisciplinary space or theme with researchers who have strengths in two or more fields, and, more broadly, in technology and society.
  • The special issues must address contemporary, real-world challenges of significance to individuals, communities, organizations, industries, and or society more broadly. The challenges or special issue themes proposed should transcend borders and demonstrate complexity, while relying on multi-dimensional and interdisciplinary approaches.
  • The focus of topics identified in the special issue proposals should deal with the prominent areas of consideration relevant to the identified special issue theme, and the call should be layered allowing for theoretical and methodological contributions, and diverse empirical analysis that is qualitative, quantitative, or experimental, with clearly identifiable objectives.

Please click here to view the full details and requirements, as published in IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society.

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].

Submission Deadline Approaching for Special Issue: “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.

Evolution: IEEE Life Members Conference
14-16 April 2024
Hyatt Regency, Austin, TX

We are excited to announce the inaugural Life Members Conference, designed to strengthen the engagement of IEEE's 38,000 Life Members in shaping our collective future. Life Members represent all disciplines across the IEEE's fields of interest. We are also dedicated to giving back and sharing our expertise with the next generation.

The conference has three tracks:

1. Emerging Technologies – that impact seniors
  • Technologies of the Future and the Next Chapter
  • Aging Society and Technology Progress
  • Renewable Energy and Sustainability
2. Applications – technologies used by aging populations
  • Financial and Investment Strategies
  • Smart Systems, Infrastructure, Equipment and Living
3. Contributions – members sharing resources with future leaders
  • Mentors and Influencers in the Modern Society
  • Professional Development, Sharing and STEM Education

Our growing list of speakers include Rodney Brooks (iRobot), John McDonald (GE), Whurley (Strangeworks), Manuela Veloso (JP Morgan), Bernie Sander (AMD), Julie Shah (MIT) (and more!). Speaker commitments are ongoing and over the summer and fall, we’ll have a large list of exciting and engaging speakers, keynotes and topics to share.

Join other Life Members, Senior Members, influencers, innovators, technical professionals, and members of the STEM community in Austin for this inaugural event. Registration will be limited, so be sure to secure your spot early. Stay tuned for further details about the conference and our social media channels.
IST-Africa 2024
May 2024
Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa 2024 (May) is the nineteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Policy, Research and Innovation Conferences. IST-Africa 2024 is technical co-sponsored by IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

The IST-Africa Conference Series provides a world-class strategic platform rotating around Africa to strengthen technology-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology and Entrepreneurship related policy dialogues within Africa and between Africa, Europe and the rest of the world, Global Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research cooperation under Horizon Europe and other international funding programs. IST-Africa is a unique community that brings together cross-disciplinary stakeholders from public, private, education and research, societal, funding and international donor sectors with end user communities focused on ICT and STI Research and Innovation and Technology-enabled Entrepreneurship.

The IST-Africa CFP has now closed, but stay tuned for additional conference details in future newsletters.

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 2025 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 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 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

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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