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IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics

IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics is a bi-monthly digital publication featuring timely technical, policy, ethical, social, governmental, but not political commentary, related to emerging technologies and advancements that are electrical and electronic in nature. Future Directions considers the reflection of technology through the lens of social implications a key tenant as IEEE works to incubate and promote technologies.

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IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics

March 2022

The Role of Novel Technologies in Combating COVID-19

By Himanshi Babbar, Roopali Dogra, Shalli Rani, Chitkara University Institute of Engineering and Technology, Chitkara University, Punjab, India

   The recent coronavirus commenced in Wuhan at the end of 2019. Historical records provide details on three deadly disease outbreaks observed in 1918, 1957, and 1968. On 30 January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a cause of concern regarding potential transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19) [5]. A pandemic occurs when a disease is quickly transmitted across different countries and continents, and typically has extraordinary social and economic impacts. Furthermore, current globalization is fueled by growing urbanization, growing populations, and enhanced worldwide travel, which has turned many cities throughout the world into COVID transmission hubs.

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Academic Misconduct: Nonscientific and Nonstandard Evaluation of Awards and Professional Titles

By Dr. Zhihan Lv, Department of Game Design and Faculty of Arts, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

There are many aspects to consider when evaluating a researcher’s academic achievement, including the quality of the journals in which their papers were published, the number of times their papers have been cited, and any awards received by the researcher. For a teacher at a college or university, the promotion of professional title based on an assessment of the academic results is also an aspect used for career advancement. Prudence, accuracy, and authenticity are fundamental to academic research. The current academic paper review process leverages external reviewers, experts in the varying fields It is a very reasonable and reliable method to evaluate the contribution of the paper, and it can ensure the authenticity of academic work. The evaluation of awards and professional titles should be as prudent and standard as the academic paper review process. However, the evaluation of awards and professional titles at some research institutes is nonstandard and nonscientific.

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Next Generation Technology Workforce—Precarious Work and Platform Regulation

By Dr. Lutfun Nahar Lata, Institute for Social Science Research, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Today’s workforce has an abundance of computing resources. Cloud Computing, Digital Platforms, Big Data, and Computation Intensive automation have changed the traditional labor markets, and the rules that regulate the workforce. Companies such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Airbnb, Uber, and Deliveroo use online structures that have opened up new forms of activities, and these structures tend to replace the traditional labor market relations. In particular, the ‘platform,’ ‘gig,’ ‘sharing,’ and ‘on-demand’ economies have become increasingly important focuses of research, particularly on how intermediary platforms build, connect, and reconstruct the social relations among laborers, consumers, and businesses.

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Technology Policy and Ethics Editorial Board

If you are interested in serving as an editor for IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics, please send an email with your CV/Resume and a brief summary of your qualifications to FDPolicyEthics@ieee.org. We ask each board member to submit at least one self-written or solicited article each year.

Dr. Ali Kashif Bashir (EiC) Dr. Kapal Dev Olga Kiconco
Dr. Steve Jones (EiC) Dr. Yasir Faheem Matteo B. Lodi
Julie Bernicker (Managing Editor) Dr. Prasun Ghosal Professor Zhihan Lv
Dr. Syed Hassan Ahmed Dr. Gururaj H L Dr. Varun G Menon
Dr. Hazrat Ali Dr. Tahir Hameed Dr. Shakil Muhammad
Priscilla Amalraj Dr. Sinan Hanay Dr. Zeeshan Pervez
Dr. Adriana Bankston Dr. Shagufta Henna Dr. Shalli Rani
Dr. Muhammad Bilal Dr. Fatima Hussain Dr. Kashif Saleem
Dr. Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari Dr. Rasheed Hussain Dr. Manik Sharma
Dr. Syed Hashim Raza Bukhari Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan Dr. Amit Kumar Singh
Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay Dr. Mohammad Saud Khan Dr. Kathiravan Srinivasan
Dr. Junaid Chaudhry Dr. Mohammad Khosravi Dr. Sandeep Verma
Dr. Jerry Chun-Wei Lin