The overall technology ethics landscape covers three key areas:

  • professional guidelines (e.g., codes of ethics) that help define intended behavior by professionals in the field;
  • the impact of (and response to) professional behaviors in the context of those codes of ethics; and,
  • ethical and societal impacts of the technologies themselves.

These are interdependent aspects, with each influencing and/or being influenced by the others.

The IEEE TechEthics program focuses on the third bullet, seeking to ensure that ethical and societal implications of technology become an integral part of the development process by driving conversation and debate on these issues. Since IEEE does not directly fund research, we instead seek to accelerate the generation of ideas, facilitate the vetting of those ideas, and, where applicable, drive consensus around those ideas. The IEEE TechEthics program achieves this through event production, content development, audience engagement and other activities.

2019 IEEE TechEthics Ad Hoc Committee

Dominik Boesl (Chair) – KUKA Robotics

Mark A. Vasquez (Program Manager) – IEEE

Missy Cummings – Duke University

Marta Galambos – UN Major Group for Children and Youth

Boris Gramatikov – Johns Hopkins University

Mina J. Hanna – Synopsys, Inc.

Joe Herkert – North Carolina State University

Juri Jatskevich – University of British Columbia

Ryan Jenkins – Cal Poly

Kathy Land – Missile Defense Agency, US Dept. of Defense

John Nelson – NEI Engineering 

Edson Prestes – Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul

Laura Specker Sullivan – College of Charleston

Shyni Varghese – Duke University

Don Wright – Standards Strategies


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