Katina Michael Receives IEEE Standards Association Special Recognition Award

By on January 8th, 2022 in Articles, Human Impacts, Social Implications of Technology, Standards

IEEE SSIT Board of Governors Member-at-Large Katina Michael has received a 2021 IEEE Standards Association (IEEE SA) Managing Director’s Special Recognition Award.

The 2021 IEEE SA awards were announced January 6, 2022, at the IEEE SA annual awards ceremony. The SA Awards recognize entities and individuals for their leadership and participation inĀ  standards development.

Michael chaired the IEEE standards committee that developed IEEE 2089. Her Award was “in appreciation of her leadership” in the creation of IEEE 2089, which “establishes a framework for developing age appropriate digital services for situations where users are children.” IEEE 2089 encompasses the following areas:

  1. recognition that the user is a child
  2. has considered the capacity and upholds the rights of children
  3. offers terms appropriate to children
  4. presents information in an age appropriate way and
  5. thereby offers a level of validation for service design decisions.

A video of the Awards ceremony is available here, and a video of Michael’s acceptance of the Award is available here. In accepting the award Michael thanked other key members of the standard working group, Prof Ali Hessami, Baroness Beeban Kidron, and Gisele Waters, Ph.D.

“This is for the future generations, our children, to allow them to flourish while using online digital services,” she said.

Michael is Editor in Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society. She is a professor in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and School of Computing and Augmented Intelligence at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.