IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology IEEE-HAC IEEE-USA IEEE Standards Association

IEEE ISTAS 2018 is supported by IEEE Humanitarian Activities Commitee (HAC), with Technical Co-sponsorship by IEEE-USA and IEEE Standards Association.

This conference has value not only to experts but to companies, government agencies, universities, foundations and other organizations which have important roles in advancing technology and its impacts on society or understanding the impacts on their organizational mandates.

IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology

Technology and Society is the focus of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). This site, our publications, conferences. social media groups, blogs, and local events provide forums for us (including you) to interact, and address the challenges and opportunities the application of technology can have for our the world.

The society focuses on five major areas:

Sustainable Development & Humanitarian Technology

  • Humanitarian engineering
  • Technology to support persons with disabilities
  • Technology to support generational leapfrogging in greenfield environments

Ethics, Human Values and Technology

  • Engineering ethics and professional responsibility
  • History of technology and society
  • Engineering education, including k-12 and engineering education in technology and society

Technology Benefits for All

  • Public policy related to engineering, technology and science
  • Health and healthcare technologies and impact

Future Societal Impact of Technology Advances

  • Privacy and security
  • Economic, health, and safety implications of technology
  • Social issues of information technology and telecommunications

Protecting the Planet & Sustainable Technology

  • Environmental issues, including climate change
  • Green technologies, and sustainable design
  • Reliable energy and social issues related to energy

IEEE Standards Association

IEEE SA is a leading consensus building organization that nurtures, develops & advances global technologies. Our work drives the functionality, capabilities and interoperability of a wide range of products and services that transform the way people live, work and communicate.


IEEE-USA is an organizational unit of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), created in 1973 to support the career and public policy interests of IEEE’s U.S. members.  Our vision is to serve the IEEE U.S. member by being the technical professional’s best resource for achieving lifelong career vitality and by providing an effective voice on policies that promote U.S. prosperity.

IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC)

IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) supports strengthening the capacity and impact of IEEE volunteers involved in sustainable development activities by
• Raising awareness of how technologists, scientists and engineers can contribute
• Facilitating different levels of education and training
• Providing funding for projects and events across the globe
• Supporting multi-stakeholder collaboration through IEEE SIGHT
• Building strategic partnerships to better leverage opportunities
For more about IEEE HAC:

IEEE SIGHT Program facilitates the co-design and implementation of solutions addressing local societal challenges through
• Collaboration between IEEE and non-IEEE volunteers
• Partnerships with local communities and stakeholder groups
• Adaptation and implementation of appropriate technology
• Community capacity building to support local sustainability