ISTAS 2018 – Technology, Ethics, and Policy

Nov. 13 & 14th, Washington DC


The IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) invites you to attend and participate in the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2018. ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

ISTAS 2018 will be held at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University, 800 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C., USA. Click here to learn more about registration.

IEEE SSIT/HAC Pre-Conference Lunchtime Talk, 12 Nov, 12:15 – 1:30pm
A joint IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) /IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) lunchtime Distinguished Lecture will be delivered by IEEE SSIT President, Paul Cunningham. This will share insight into sustainable development and humanitarian technology related activities carried out by IEEE volunteers in a number of African countries.

This free lunchtime talk is open to IEEE ISTAS 2018 conference delegates as well as other stakeholders interested in sustainable development and humanitarian technology related activities. Pre-registration is required by 08 November – email:

IEEE ISTAS 2018 Program

IEEE ISTAS 2018 has a rich program incorporating plenary sessions, paper sessions and panel sessions. Click here to download the Program.

Welcome Address, Tuesday 13 Nov, 08:45am

James Jefferies, IEEE President and CEO, Candy Robinson, IEEE-USA President and Dr. Can Korman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, George Washington University will welcome delegates to the conference.

An IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Participatory Workshop will take place on Wednesday morning (14 November). This participatory workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with developing, adapting and deploying technology in resource-constrained environments at home and abroad. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on socio-cultural, ethical and process related issues that need to be considered and provide a platform for participants to discuss their perspectives and experiences. This free workshop is open to IEEE ISTAS 2018 conference delegates as well as other stakeholders interested in sustainable development and humanitarian technology related activities. Pre-registration is required – click here to register by 08 November. Places will be allocated on a first registered basis.

Data Alive, 11th Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security (SINS18), 15 Nov, 08:30 – 5pm
Venue: ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center, Level 8, 1800 I Street NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20006

This workshop seeks to provide a platform for multidisciplinary perspectives on “data”. The Workshop seeks to question how forms of structured and unstructured datasets can be used, or should be used and begins to shed light on the power of data to “be” in and of its own accord.
Speakers include Katina Michael, Arizona State University; Pat Scannell; Eusebio Scornavacca, University of Baltimore; Robert M. Cook-Deegan; Daniel Sarewitz, Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes; Amy Zalman; Ethan S. Burger; Lee Gutkind. and Mahmud Farooque. Consortium for Science Policy Outcomes.

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The changes that humanity is facing would be hard to imagine just a few generations back.  The world population grew from a 6 to 7.6 billion, from 1995 to 2017. It is expected to reach 8.2 B by 2030 and 9.7 B by 2050. In this Information Era, advances in computing, information and communications have completely changed our education, health, commerce, finances, privacy, security, national defense, weather forecasting, food production, water, energy, transportation, and all the world’s Critical Infrastructures.

The IEEE SSIT ISTAS Conference is a leading forum where the social implications of technology can be identified and discussed.  The Washington DC venue provides an opportunity to connect leading technologists with interested policy experts as well as their peers from all over the globe.

IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology covers all aspects associated with this title.  We have identified five “pillars” as primary focal points: