ISTAS 2018 – Technology, Ethics, and Policy

Nov. 13 & 14th, Washington DC

The IEEE Society for Social Implications of Technology (SSIT) invites you to attend and participate in the IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) 2018. ISTAS is a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

ISTAS 2018 will be held at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at George Washington University, 800 22nd Street, NW, Washington, D.C., USA. Click here to learn more about registration.

IEEE ISTAS 2018 has a rich program incorporating plenary sessions, paper sessions and panel sessions. Click here to download the draft Program.

James Jefferies, IEEE President and CEO, Candy Robinson, IEEE-USA President and Dr. Can Korman, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies and Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, George Washington University will welcome delegates to the conference.

An IEEE Humanitarian Activities Committee (HAC) Participatory Workshop will take place on Wednesday morning (14 November). This participatory workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with developing, adapting and deploying technology in resource-constrained environments at home and abroad. It will provide an opportunity to reflect on socio-cultural, ethical and process related issues that need to be considered and provide a platform for participants to discuss their perspectives and experiences. This free workshop is open to IEEE ISTAS 2018 conference delegates as well as other stakeholders interested in sustainable development and humanitarian technology related activities. Pre-registration is required – email:

The changes that humanity is facing would be hard to imagine just a few generations back.  The world population grew from a 6 to 7.6 billion, from 1995 to 2017. It is expected to reach 8.2 B by 2030 and 9.7 B by 2050. In this Information Era, advances in computing, information and communications have completely changed our education, health, commerce, finances, privacy, security, national defense, weather forecasting, food production, water, energy, transportation, and all the world’s Critical Infrastructures.

The IEEE SSIT ISTAS Conference is a leading forum where the social implications of technology can be identified and discussed.  The Washington DC venue provides an opportunity to connect leading technologists with interested policy experts as well as their peers from all over the globe.

IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology covers all aspects associated with this title.  We have identified five “pillars” as primary focal points: