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ISTAS 2024

September 18 - September 20

IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 2024) 

Theme: Social Implications of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Traditional Topics

18th – 20th September 2024

Location: Puebla, Mexico


HYBRID EVENT (Virtual option ONLY for authors and attendees outside of Mexico)


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 policy makers. 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 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 challenges in cybersecurity as well as new approaches for national and international security, AI ethics, and the use of autonomous transportation vehicles.


Social implications of technology

  • Social media and the use of disinformation, misinformation, and fake news.
  • Humanitarian technology.
  • Digital divide.
  • Technologies that are safer, more secure and more privacy preserving.
  • Universal access to technology.

Ethics and human values

  • Engineering ethics education.
  • Design ethics.
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (including generational).
  • Ethics of intelligent systems.
  • Ethics of DNA editing.

Technology-Focused Law, Policy, Regulation, and Guidelines

  • Principles; Governance.
  • Policy; Standards; Ethics.
  • Privacy and security.
  • Data ownership; Case law.
  • Privacy by design; Human rights.
  • Chip implants and transhumanism.

Climate change

  • Public safety technologies.
  • Water and food systems; digital agriculture.
  • Floods, Droughts, Extreme Weather
  • Global economy forced migration & wars.
  • Health care & public health technology.

Health & safety technology systems

  • Public health systems, surveillance, and epidemiology.
  • Environmental health.
  • Pandemics, vaccine development and distribution .
  • Food and medication security and traceability.
  • Privacy and security.

Other topics:

  • Protecting the planet
  • Sustainable development.
  • Emerging technologies,
  • Standards.


* Short papers: 4 pages in length ( for sharing early stage results from research / projects, work in progress, experiences and perspectives), using PDF US Letter.

* Full papers: 6 – 8 pages in length (for sharing mature work or analysis of results from completed projects, it should include a clear methodology section and literature review, comparing results against published literature). PDF US Letter.

ü  Use the manuscript templates for conference proceedings (Latex, overleaf or US letter in MS-WORD) use the link https://www.ieee.org/conferences/publishing/templates.html

ü  Accepted papers will be submitted for inclusion into IEEE Xplore Digital Library subject to meeting IEEE Xplore’s scope and quality requirements. All papers in IEEE Xplore are indexed to SCOPUS.


Paper submission deadline: May 31, 2024

Notification: June 30, 2024

Camera Ready: July 26, 2024


ISTAS24 will be the first ISTAS conference to be held in Latin America.

Jose Luis Vazquez Gonzalez of the Universidad de las Américas Puebla (UDLAP) will serve as conference chair, and Ignacio Castillo is the ISTAS 2024 Program Chair.

Visit the Conference website HERE.


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