28-31 October 2021

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (Virtual Event)

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July 13 (Extended): Paper Proposal deadline (for all full-length, short-length, and abstract-only submissions)

September 1:  Acceptance/rejection notice of papers

September 15: Early Conference Registration deadline

October 5: Final Camera-Ready Paper deadline

October 28-31: ISTAS21 Conference with ETHICS 2021 track

ETHICS-2021 Hosts

Welcome to ETHICS-2021

IEEE ETHICS-2021 will draw together the global technology and ethics community, including from industry, academia, government, and civil society, to explore ethical issues from technical, multicultural, and societal perspectives. The theme of ETHICS-2021 is “Engineering and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)”; it is timely and important as we approach the second quarter of the 21st century.

Hosted by the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), ETHICS 2021 will be held as a track within ISTAS21 (from 28-31 October 2021), and will take place online.

ETHICS-2021:Engineering and Corporate Social Responsibility

ETHICS-2021 (originally launched in 2014) will be convened in conjunction with the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21), the flagship conference of the IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

ETHICS-2021 Conference Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Technology as a Tool for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Technology-centered Corporations
  • CSR and Infrastructure Vulnerabilities
  • Technological Disasters and Corporate Responses
  • Corporate Alignment with UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • CSR and Engineering Ethics Education
  • Ethics, Regulation and Technology
  • Corporate Responses to Climate Change
  • Corporate Digital Responsibility
  • The Use and Misuse of Ethics Expertise in the AI/Computing Industry
  • Social Media, Hate Crimes, and CSR

ETHICS-2021 will be included in ISTAS21. 
ETHICS-2021 will be convened in conjunction with the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21), the flagship conference of the IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). For more information on ISTAS21, please visit https://attend.ieee.org/istas-2021/.

ETHICS-2021 Submissions

We invite submissions of original work not previously or simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Several paper and presentation formats are available: full-length (6-8 page) or short (2-4 page) papers for peer review; abstracts for presentation-only (200-300 words); and proposals for special sessions, workshops, or tutorials. Authors will be prompted to identify an appropriate category and relevant conference subtheme(s) for their work during the EasyChair submission process.

Visit the ETHICS-2021 Call for Papers page for complete submission guidelines, including details about uploading materials to the ISTAS21 EasyChair Submission Portal.


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I am not an engineer- should I attend?

Yes! Interdisciplinarity is not exclusive!

Are you a member of one of the following communities?

  • PIT UN – Public Interest Technology University Network
  • 4S – Society for Social Studies of Science
  • HASTAC – Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory
  • fPET – Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology
  • SPT – The Society for Philosophy and Technology
  • SHOT – Society for the History of Technology
  • Other IEEE Societies

Everyone is welcome because the future is for everyone.


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