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21 – 22 October 2016, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Call for Papers, Practitioner and Oral Presentations and Community Engagement Sessions

IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS) is the annual flagship event of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT). SSIT’s five fields of Interest (Global Development, Technology and Ethics, Social Inclusion, Human Use of Technology and Sustainable Technology) will all be showcased during IEEE ISTAS 2016, which is organised for the first time in India by IEEE Kerala Section.

IEEE ISTAS 2016 provides a multi-disciplinary platform for practitioners and researchers from the public, private, education and research and societal sectors, as well as engineers, policy makers, NGOs, technologists and social scientists, to collaborate, exchange experiences and good practices, and discuss social, cultural, economic and ethical implications of current and emerging technologies.

Building on the prominence placed on Global Development and Humanitarian Activities during IEEE ISTAS 2015 in Ireland, IEEE ISTAS 2016 will also put a strong emphasis on the potential impact and implications of disruptive technologies (including IoT and Cloud Computing) on Global Development.

Community Engagement will be a feature of this year’s Symposium, with practitioners, researchers, development professionals, members of IEEE SIGHTs, ICT4D oriented NGOs and social enterprises leveraging technology from across India invited to participate in a dedicated parallel track. The Community Engagement Track will showcase success stories from practitioners, development professionals and IEEE SIGHT. Lessons learnt and opportunities for multi-stakeholder collaboration will be discussed during focused panel sessions.

While Global Development is important in a developing country context, so are discussion and analysis of Technology and Ethics, Social Inclusion, Human Use of Technology and Sustainable Technologies, which will all be featured in Plenary and Parallel Panels, as well as workshop and Paper and Presentation Sessions.

Keynote Speakers and Panellists will include international and national experts in the SSIT Fields of Interest, including from the US National Science Foundation, University of New South Wales, TCS, IEEE R10, IEEE SSIT and IEEE SIGHT.

Thematic areas of particular relevance for papers, case studies, practitioner presentations and community engagement related workshops include Agriculture and Food Security, Education, Energy, Environment and Healthcare. All accepted papers presented at the conference will be published in the Conference Proceedings and submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore.

We invite submissions of  full papers for oral presentation. Practitioners also have the option of sharing your valuable insights, experiences and lessons learnt with the ISTAS community through oral presentations, which you can propose by submitting a proposal through the ISTAS 2016 Portal ( Proposal for 90 minute Community Engagement Workshops are also welcome. All proposals (Papers, Practitioner/Oral Presentations, Community Engagement Sessions) must clearly address economic, ethical, policy, socio-cultural and sustainability issues associated with:

1. Sustainable Technologies for the Developing World
Challenges in adopting environmentally sustainable technologies
Frugal Engineering and other sustainable solutions
Society, Smart Cities and Smart Villages.
The Internet as an Enabler for Social, Cultural and Economic Development
Working towards UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
2. Data, Code, Ownership, Security and Privacy
Data, Surveillance, Anonymity, Privacy, Security and Confidentiality
Internet and Child safety
Free and Open Source Software, Open Data, Content Licenses, TOR & Anonymity
IoT, IoE, Collaboratively Generated Content, and the Cloud
3. Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Ethics in Education and Research
Citizen Identification mechanisms
Drones, Cyber-warfare, Cyber terrorism and weaponization
Ethics in Services Sector and Industry
Ethics in the context of pervasive technologies such as IoT and Genomic/Genetic Technologies
Engineers, Students and Professional Responsibility in Times of Pervasive Technology
4. Advancing Humanity through Technology (IEEE SIGHT Track)
Appropriate technologies for the developing world.
Environment-friendly Energy Solutions
Drinking water and Water Purification Systems
Digital inclusion for the differently-abled
Technology to augment core sectors
Disasters and Disaster Risk Reduction
Mitigating impact of Climate change
Enhancement of Quality of Life for Developing Countries

Important Dates
Submissions Open: 1 March 2016
Draft full paper/Tutorial/CEW Proposal extended submission : 15 July 2016
Notification of Acceptance : 15 August 2016
Camera ready paper and Author registration : 15 September 2016 22 September 2016
Conference Date : 21-22 October 2016
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Supporting Organizations :     IEEE SIGHT           Internet Society

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