Following the success of IEEE ISTAS 2015 in Dublin last year, the annual flagship event of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) takes place this year in beautiful Kerala, India (21 – 22 October).

The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (IEEE ISTAS) provides a multiČdisciplinary platform for practitioners and researchers, engineers and polymaths, policy makers, NGOs, technologists and social scientists, to collaborate, exchange experiences & good practices, and to discuss social, cultural, economic and ethical implications of emerging technologies.

IEEE ISTAS 2016 will build on the momentum created during last year’s Symposium by focusing on the potential impact and implications of disruptive technologies (including IoT, Cloud Computing and Green Technology) on Global Development. It will also showcase IEEE’s activities addressing Global Development challenges, including IEEE SIGHT.

Thematic areas of particular relevance for papers, practitioner presentations and community engagement workshops include Agriculture and Food Security, Education, Energy, Environment and Healthcare. All accepted papers presented at the Conference will be included in the Conference Proceedings published by IEEE and submitted for inclusion in IEEE Xplore. A selection of papers will be submitted for publication in a special issue of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, the journal of IEEE SSIT.

The Call for Papers, Tutorials and Community Engagement Workshops (CEWs) is open until 01 June through the ISTAS 2016 Portal (

Submissions should address economic, ethical, policy, socioČcultural and sustainability issues associated with:

  • Sustainable Technologies for the Developing World
  • Data, Code, Ownership, Security, Privacy and Human Rights
  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility
  • Advancing Humanity through Technology (IEEE SIGHT Track)


Paper/Tutorial/CEW Proposals Submission – 01 June
Notification of Acceptance – 15 August
Camera Ready Paper and Registration – 15 September

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IEEE GHTC 2016 (13 – 16 October, Seattle, USA)
Call for Abstracts Deadline – 16 May