International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS 20)

Nov 12-14, Tempe, Arizona State University

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We believe this is the first international conference of its kind on the emergent theme of Public Interest Technology (PIT). We welcome new ideas, approaches, frameworks, methodologies and theories to help develop a field that will be critical to our future. The IEEE SSIT has been working on PIT themes since 1972.

What is Public Interest Technology (PIT)?

Public interest technologies (PIT) serve to address social needs and challenges in society. People working in this space ask communities what their needs are first, without presuming they know what is best for them and generally use a participatory approach to innovation with values in mind and cultural awareness.

Public interest technologies pertain to technologies that might leverage open source software for collaboration, and open data initiatives to overcome societal challenges, may exercise crowdsourcing and crowdsensing techniques toward collective awareness.

The goals of PIT are many but they may include, human rights, social justice, sustainability and environmental justice in their workforce, going beyond corporate social responsibility and compliance.

    Hey! Wanna know how to make a SolarSPELL?

    And help someone gain access to vital information?

    Why don’t you meet the maker? Laura Hosman of ASU will be holding a SolarSPELL Build Day! We want you to get some hands on experience and spread the word about how this invention is changing lives around the globe. Find out more by visiting SolarSPELL.org and don’t forget to book your seat at the table!

    The Role of Scientists in Environmental Regulation

    Anthropologist Lindsay Smith of SFIS @ ASU

    Watch her Enlightening Lunch talk here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HoRp1MnXSsM This project is looking for communication gaps in the science-decision makers interface. The interaction of different stakeholders (congressman, local regulators, and civil society) with scientific knowledge is mediated in different ways to inform and produce environmental regulation.

    Are you finding yourself preoccupied by social media?

    You're not alone.

    Three women tell their stories about how social media apps changed their life and the way they have fought back to reclaim what’s theirs. From acclaimed director Suzi Jowsey Fetherstone of New Zealand.

    Ever thought about the digital afterlife?

    Faheem Hussain fills us in on why it might be a good idea.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeXZoFqHtwg

    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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