IEEE Technology and Society Magazine

Issue 2 • Summer 2012

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  • [Front cover]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): C1
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  • [Table of contents]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 1
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  • [Staff listing]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 2
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  • IEEE Technology and Society Magazine is Going Green [SSIT BOG Message]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 3
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  • International Symposium on Technology and Society 2012 (ISTAS 2012)

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 4
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  • The Idio-Technopolis [Editorial]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):5 - 12
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  • Sonic Persuasion: Reading Sound in the Recorded Age [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):6 - 9
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  • Robert J. Whelchel to be Recognized with SSIT Distinguished Service Award [News and Notes]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 9
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  • Steve Jobs, Perfectionist [Book Reviews]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):10 - 12
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  • Uninhabited Systems in the Civilian Realm: Some Ethical Concerns [Commentary]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):13 - 16
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  • SSIT Announces IEEE Barus Award to Environmental Engineer Marc Edwards [News and Notes]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 16
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  • The Scientific Revolution [Fiction]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):17 - 18
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    Good evening good people of planet earth and welcome to the program! Tonight we are chatting with Sam Willis, founder and spokesperson for the new political party standing at this year's global election. They are calling themselves the “Intellectual” party and claiming to bring a shade of “White” to the political spectrum. Welcome to the program Sam! Perhaps you could b... View full abstract»

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  • Benefits and Harms [Guest Editor's Introduction]

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): 19
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  • Socially Beneficial Technology: Can It Be Achieved In Practice?

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):20 - 27
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    Is the effort of engineers to advance technology for social benefit worthwhile? One widely accepted definition of social benefit, the UN Declaration of Human Rights, includes several rights that depend to a greater or lesser extent on technology. On the face of it this validates the effort of engineers. Yet prominent economist Friedrich Hayek queried the very concept of social benefit. This gap be... View full abstract»

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  • Energy and Autonomous Urban Land Vehicles

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):28 - 38
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    Most of what has been written about the social implications of autonomous vehicles concerns military vehicles, particularly aerial vehicles [1]. By contrast, this paper addresses the effects that civilian urban land vehicles could have on energy consumption. When the military designs land vehicles, it assumes an unknown or hostile environment. If the infrastructure instead cooperates with the vehi... View full abstract»

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  • Location-Based Social Networking: Impact on Trust in Relationships

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):39 - 50
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    Location-based social networking (LBSN) is a service that utilizes location information to facilitate social networking. LBSN applications allow users to view the locations of their “friends.” They also may allow users to view information about other users of LBSN applications that are located in proximity. Users invite their friends to participate in LBSN. A process of consent follo... View full abstract»

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  • Robotics, the New Industrial Revolution

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):51 - 58
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    Robots are becoming an important part of the “new social technology” defined by Hirai [1], where finding a robot in any environment is becoming more common. While we are used to finding robots in different environments such as supermarkets, nurseries (e.g., robotic pets), hospitals (e.g., for surgery), or at home (e.g., vacuuming robots), the environment that still has the most robot... View full abstract»

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  • Privacy Compliance Risks for Facebook

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s):59 - 64
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    Facebook is an Internet and societal phenomenon. In just a few years it has claimed a significant proportion of the world's population as regular users, becoming by far the most dominant Online Social Network (OSN). With its success has come a good deal of controversy, especially over privacy. Does Facebook and its kin herald a true shift in privacy values, or despite occasional reckless revelatio... View full abstract»

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  • Scope of the Society on Social Implications of Technology

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): C3
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  • IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology

    Publication Year: 2012, Page(s): C4
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Aims & Scope

The following topics describe the scope of IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology (IEEE SSIT) and of IEEE Technology and Society Magazine : Health and safety implications of technology, Engineering ethics and professional responsibility, Engineering education in social implications of technology, History of electrotechnology, Technical expertise and public policy, Social issues related to energy, Social issues related to information technology, Social issues related to telecommunications, Systems analysis in public policy decisions, Economic issues related to technology, Peace technology, and Environmental implications of technology. Beyond these specific topics, IEEE Technology and Society Magazine  is concerned with the broad area of the social implications of technology, especially electrotechnology.

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Editor-in-Chief
Katina Michael
School of Information Systems and Technology
University of Wollongong