SSIT Newsletter

The Society on Social Implications of Technology publishes a monthly newsletter.

The SSIT newsletter hits member inboxes on the 15th of each month.

Please contact the SSIT Newsletter Editor, Heather Love ( if you have a news item, SSIT-related update, volunteer opportunity, Call for Papers, award notice, or “Feature Article” idea for a future issue.

Submissions are due by approximately the 25th of the month prior to the newsletter’s distribution (see the most recent newsletter for the exact date of the next deadline).

From our most recent issue:

ISTAS 2019: Call For Papers Available Now!

SSIT’s flagship conference, the 2019 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS 2019) is hosted this year by the School of Engineering, Tufts University on its Medford, MA Campus. The event will take place on 15 – 16 November 2019.

The Call for Papers (due 31 July 2019) is now available on the conference website.

Confirmed Technical Co-Sponsors include IEEE-USA, IEEE Region 1, IEEE Boston Section, IEEE Standards Association, IEEE Technology & Engineering Management Society (TEMS), and IEEE Reliability Society.

Speakers confirmed to date include:

  • Gil Cooke, Chair, IEEE Boston Section (Welcome Address)
  • Karen Panetta, Dean of Graduate Engineering Education, School of Engineering, Tufts University (Welcome Address)
  • Tom Coughlin, President IEEE-USA (Keynote)
  • Babak Dastgheib-Beheshti, Region 1 Director (Keynote)
  • Carole D. Graas, President, IEEE Reliability Society (Plenary Panellist)
  • John Havens, IEEE Standards Association (Plenary Panellist)
  • Beth-Anne Schuelke-Leech, Chair, IEEE SSIT Standards Committee (Plenary Panellist)
  • Xinghuo Yu, President, IEEE Industrial Electronics Society (Plenary Panellist)

We invite proposals for papers, parallel discussion panels and participatory workshops focused on the relationship between technology, policy, and social issues ranging from economic and ethical to socio-cultural and environmental topics.

Priority will be given to submissions addressing one or more of SSIT’s Five Pillars (Sustainable Development, Ethics/Human Values, Universal Access, Societal Impacts, Protecting the Planet) and Intersections between the Social Implications of Technology and:

  • Sustainable Development (including ICT4D) and Multi-Stakeholder Co-Design
  • Net-Neutrality
  • GEOValue, Climate, Environment, and Sustainable Technologies
  • Ethical Standards, Autonomous Vehicles, and Artificial Intelligence
  • Ethical Use of Big Data, Blockchain, Human Genome Editing, IoT, Neurotechnology, and Open Data
  • Current Challenges in Technology Policy
  • Balancing National Security Interests with Personal Privacy

IEEE Members, particularly from IEEE Boston Section, R1 and Division VI Societies, are invited to join the Technical Program Committee (where your responsibilities will include providing constructive, actionable feedback on papers) and promote the Call for Papers. Please contact Paul M Cunningham ( to confirm which areas you can address.

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