IEEE SSIT is actively supporting Student Activities through a number of initiatives. New initiatives are currently under development to support… Read More
Artificial Intelligence for a Fair, Just, and Equitable World
By Angeles Manjarrés on April 21st, 2021 in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Editorial & Opinion, Ethics, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact
From the 1970s onward, we started to dream of the leisure society in which, thanks to technological progress and consequent increase in productivity, working hours would be minimized and we would all live in abundance. We all could devote our time almost exclusively to personal relationships, contact with nature, sciences, the arts, playful activities, and so on. Today, this utopia seems more unattainable than it did then. Since the 21st century, we have seen inequalities increasingly accentuated: of the increase in wealth in the United States between 2006 and 2018, adjusted for inflation and population growth, more than 87% went to the richest 10% of the population, and the poorest 50% lost wealth .
Living downstream of the digital dam-break
By cia romano on April 20th, 2021 in Blog Posts, Ethics, Human Impacts, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact
Unless we create real boundaries, enforced by legislation, the social media giants will also walk away from the chaos they have enabled.
Governing in Bad Faith: Suppressing Democracy in Pretense of “Saving Democracy”
By Jeremy Pitt on April 19th, 2021 in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Editorial & Opinion, Ethics, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact
Understanding the societal trajectory induced by AI, and anticipating its directions so that we might apply it for achieving equity, is a sociological, ethical, legal, cultural, generational, educational, and political problem.
Improving, Situating, Expanding
By Clint Andrews on April 13th, 2021 in Magazine Articles, President's Message, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact
In 2020, our flagship ISTAS conference and the cosponsored conferences were huge successes, with record attendance, partly because going virtual allowed wider participation.
Call for Board of Governors (BoG) Candidates
By Robert Dent on April 13th, 2021 in SSIT Announcements
SSIT is seeking candidates for President-Elect (2022) and 3 Board of Governors Members-at-Large (2022-2024). All positions are voting members of the… Read More
“As It Is Africa, It Is Ok”? Ethical Considerations of Development Use of Drones for Delivery in Malawi
By Ning Wang on March 24th, 2021 in Articles, Ethics, Social Implications of Technology
Abstract Since 2016, drones have been deployed in various development projects in sub-Saharan Africa, where trials, tests, and studies have… Read More
Call for Papers: After Covid-19: Crises, Ethics, and Socio-Technical Change
By Katina Michael on March 19th, 2021 in Call for Papers, Health & Medical, Human Impacts, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact, Transactions
Crises expose the fragility and resilience of our sociotechnical systems – from healthcare to financial markets, internet connectivity, and local communities. Submissions are especially invited on but not limited to the following topics intersecting with COVID-19 and crises:
Are Video Doorbells Using Us as Security Guinea Pigs?
By Chey Cobb on March 18th, 2021 in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blog Posts, Ethics, Human Impacts, Privacy & Security, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact
Video doorbells and related technologies, along with the data they generate, will continue to be abused, undermining the security of what is being pitched as a security technology.
Call for Student Outreach Volunteers to compile a Webinar Program
By Miriam Cunningham on March 16th, 2021 in Call for Volunteers
We are looking for energetic IEEE student members to join us as outreach volunteers . We are engaging with practising… Read More
IEEE Transaction on Technology and Society, Volume 2, Issue 1, 2021
By Miriam Cunningham on March 14th, 2021 in Transactions
Volume 2, Issue 1, 2021 – Special Issue on Smart Infrastructure and Technology Systems Ethics Current Issue (2, 1) Front… Read More
Excessive Internet Use can have Serious Health Effects, Experts warn
By Adel Abdulla on March 12th, 2021 in Articles, Social Implications of Technology
With the century termed one of digital connect from the use of desktops at work, laptops at homes and handy… Read More
Hello Automated Empathy
By Andrew McStay on March 10th, 2021 in Articles, Ethics, Social Implications of Technology
For better or worse, we have become familiar with the idea that technologies profile people to deliver a service of… Read More
No More “De-Root and Rule”: The Need for Digital Roots
By Jeremy Pitt on March 7th, 2021 in Editorial & Opinion, Ethics, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Societal Impact
We can perhaps accept Weil’s starting premise of obligations as fundamental concepts, based on which we can also reasonably accept her assertion that “obligations … all stem, without exception, from the vital needs of the human being.”
IEEE IHTC 2021 – Abstract Submission Deadline 31 May
By Miriam Cunningham on March 5th, 2021 in Call for Papers, Conferences, Social Implications of Technology
The IEEE International Humanitarian Technology Conference (IEEE IHTC) is a Multi-Regional Conference Series rotating between R7 (Canada), R8 (Africa, Europe… Read More
IST-Africa 2021 – Advance Programme / Early Bird Registration Deadline 31 March
By Miriam Cunningham on March 5th, 2021 in Conferences, Social Implications of Technology
Hosted by the Government of South Africa through the Department of Science and Innovation and Supported by the European Commission… Read More
The Citizen Question: Making Identities Visible Via Facial Recognition Software at the Border
By Aaron Tucker on March 1st, 2021 in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Ethics, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact
Examining how face recognition software is used to identify and sort citizenship within mechanisms like the Biometric Air Exit (BAE) is immensely important; alongside this, the process of how “citizen” and “noncitizen” is defined, as data points within larger mechanisms like the BAE, need to be made transparent.
Invitation to Provide Content for Publication on SSIT Website
By Miriam Cunningham on February 16th, 2021 in Call for Volunteers
All SSIT Members and SSIT Chapters are invited to submit relevant content for publication on www.technologyandsociety.org, including but not limited… Read More
Cyberbiosecurity, Ecopsychology, and Beyond: Our Formidable PIT Community
By Christine Perakslis on February 15th, 2021 in Environment, Ethics, Human Impacts, Last Word, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact
Public Interest Technology (PIT) is defined as “technology practitioners who focus on social justice, the common good, and/or the public… Read More
Book Review: Ways of Hearing
By John M. Picker on January 31st, 2021 in Book Reviews, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology
Damon Krukowski’s Ways of Hearing does for digital sound what Berger’s Ways of Seeing did for the reproduced image. He wants us to question what we hear, as well as what we’re no longer hearing, in the era of digital audio.