Introduction In 2019, IEEE Working Group P7014 began efforts to develop a ‘Standard for Ethical Considerations in Emulated Empathy in… Read More
Category: Social Implications of Technology
Toward a More Equal World: The Human Rights Approach to Extending the Benefits of Artificial Intelligence
By Elizabeth D. Gibbons on April 29th, 2021 in Artificial Intelligence (AI), Editorial & Opinion, Environment, Ethics, Human Impacts, Magazine Articles, Social Implications of Technology, Societal Impact
There is huge potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to bring massive benefits to under-served populations, advancing equal access to public services such as health, education, social assistance, or public transportation, AI can also drive inequality, concentrating wealth, resources, and decision-making power in the hands of a few countries, companies, or citizens. Artificial intelligence for equity (AI4Eq) calls upon academics, AI developers, civil society, and government policy-makers to work collaboratively toward a technological transformation that increases the benefits to society, reduces inequality, and aims to leave no one behind.
IEEE WIE encouraging IEEE OUs to support Pledge to increase Gender Diversified Panels at future IEEE Events
By Miriam Cunningham on April 29th, 2021 in Articles, Social Implications of Technology
Over the years IEEE Organisational Units (OUs) have been endeavoring to increase gender diversity of speakers in panels at IEEE… Read More
ILC 2021 (27 – 30 April) – SSIT Members sharing insight into Career Comeback
By Miriam Cunningham on April 27th, 2021 in Conferences, Social Implications of Technology
IEEE International Leadership Conference (ILC) 2021 is the eight in a series of Leadership Conferences focused on providing professional women… 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.
“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.
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.
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.
SusTech 2021 Student Poster Contest – Extended Deadline 15 February
By Miriam Cunningham on January 20th, 2021 in Conferences, Social Implications of Technology
SusTech 2021 invites undergraduate and graduate students to submit abstracts for the Student Poster Contest by the extended deadline of… Read More