28-31 October 2021

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (virtual event)

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October 5: 

Final Camera-Ready Paper Deadline

October 24: 

Registration Deadline

October 28-31: 

ISTAS21 Conference

ISTAS21 Hosts


Premium Level

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Gold Level


About the Conference

The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is the flagship conference of the IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

ISTAS is a multi/inter/trans‐disciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

Hosted by the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), ISTAS21 runs from 28-31 October, and will be conducted virtually.

Attendees Also Gain Access to AI4Eq!


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Second International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence for Equity (AI4Eq)
Against Modern Indentured Servitude

Wednesday 27th October, 2021 | 9am–5pm EDT

As part of registering for ISTAS21, all conference attendees also have access to this full-day International workshop on artificial intelligence and the future of labour in an increasingly automated world (also hosted on the conference virtual platform, Pheedloop).

Distinguished invited speakers include Josiah Ober (Stanford University) and Katina Michael (Arizona State University).

Find more details about the workshop on our Associated Events page, or visit the AI4Eq website: https://rppc.github.io/ai4eq/

Full Conference Program Now Available

The full conference program is now available on the ISTAS21 Program page. Check it out to see details about all events, paper tracks, and times for the conference.

Conference Program Overview Now Available

Browse the ISTAS21 Program Overview to see when keynotes and special sessions will take place. Full details about Paper tracks will be available in late-September.

Registration Is Now Open

Early registration is open now through September 15 at discounted rates. Regular rates* take effect September 16 and continue through October 24.

*Rates have been slightly reduced form previous iterations to reflect the virtual nature of the event.

Special rates are available for IEEE and SSIT members, as well as University of Waterloo faculty and post-secondary students from any institution. See more details on the Registration page.

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Need more convincing? We asked special sessions presenter, author and PhD candidate, Kem-Laurin Lubin to share her thoughts on how she became invested in this area of research and why it’s so important to a sustainable future:


Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers for ISTAS21


Under the banner of technological stewardship, ISTAS21 brings together keynote speakers that span continents and disciplines, academia and industry, to offer diverse and critically informed perspectives on the ethics of technological development.

Find full bios for this year’s stellar roster of scholars and industry innovators on the Speakers page.


  • Asen Ivanov, a presenter for the Artificial Intelligence (AI) For Literacy special session, speaks about the relationship between data collection and tech companies in this new video! Click the image above to check it out! Catch his presentation during the conference to learn more on ...

  • The ISTAS 2021 Conference Committee is seeking student volunteers from any post-secondary institution to work as Session Facilitators during the virtual conference co-hosted by the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph. Undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines are welcome. The time commitment for ...

  • The deadline for submissions to the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21) had been extended to July 13th! Full papers, short papers, and abstracts are invited; click here for details about thematic areas, submission details, and the paper template. ISTAS21 is the flagship ...

  • It’s time to start thinking about how you can contribute to this year’s International Symposium on Technology and Society. The submission portals are officially open! If you’d like to run a special session, you’re in luck: the deadline has been moved from March 29th to ...

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I'm 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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