IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics: March 2021

Covid-19 and cloud technologies: All-Cloud IT Operating Model for Pandemic Management, Part 2

Dr. Petar Radanliev and Professor Dave De Roure, Department of Engineering Sciences, University of Oxford, England, UK

The Covid-19 pandemic has overwhelmed healthcare systems globally, but if global technology policy is supportive, Covid-19 could trigger a digital healthcare transformation suitable for the new digital age. Global pandemics require fast and flexible healthcare systems that promote global collaboration. This could be an opportunity to rethink how healthcare systems operate globally. In the process of digital transformation, health tech start-ups are crucial in discovering new solutions, but it also requires a new mind-set. A mind-set where transformation from capital-intensive IT operations evolves into flexible, low-asset, all-cloud digital IT operations. In this article, we analyze new opportunities of cloud technologies for Covid-19 health tech start-ups.

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Psybersecurity: A New Emerging Topic and Research Area Within Human Security – Part 1

Carlee Franklin and Ankur Chattopadhyay, Northern Kentucky University

With the rise of technology in every facet of daily life, the increased conveniences come with multiple security risks. When imagining cybersecurity, the focus is generally on the protection of personal information, and the technology that stores this information. However, cyber-attacks can come in multiple forms. The term psybersecurity refers to the subject of securing the mental health, including protection of the human psychological wellbeing from the psychiatric consequences of technology usage, and studying the mental health attack surface plus vectors within the field of human security [1, 6]. With 1,473 reported cybersecurity breaches and over 164.68 million sensitive records exposed in the United States alone [2], the aftermath of these attacks extends beyond the technical repercussions.

Pertaining to the human wellbeing aspect, these incidents also translate into psybersecurity attacks that can seriously affect the mental health by bringing about changes in the mental setup, including mood, emotion, and behavior [4]. Given that the attack surface in psybersecurity is primarily the human mind, this makes the impact of psybersecurity attacks quite significant. Within the domain of human security, psybersecurity is an emerging topic. It has plenty of scope for future work, as there has not been much research in this area.

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Building the Next Generation Technology Workforce

Dr. Adriana Bankston, Chief Outreach Officer at the Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG)

As various forms of journalism are being changed by new technologies and communication platforms, investors such as Gannett [2] have stepped in to utilize current technologies in order to centralize content, shrink costs to a minimum, and where possible, stream content delivery over the Internet.

It may be too late to fix the major components of local, regional, national, and global information delivery as they have been fragmented to a point of no return. However, it is time to start a new process— envisioning and then implementing information delivery for the future. As an added benefit, this may enhance entertainment delivery methods, which coincides with news delivery.

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IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics Editorial Board


Dr. Ali Kashif Bashir

Dr. Mudassar Ahmad

Dr. Syed Hassan Ahmed

Dr. Onur Alparslan

Dr. Muhammad Bilal

Dr. Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari

Dr. Syed Hashim Raza Bukhari

Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay

Dr. Junaid Chaudhry

Dr. Waleed Ejaz

Dr. Mohamed Elhoseny

Dr. Yasir Faheem

Dr. Prasun Ghosal

Dr. Tahir Hameed

Dr. Sinan Hanay

Dr. Shagufta Henna

Dr. Fatima Hussain

Dr. Rasheed Hussain

Dr. Steve Jones

Dr. Mohammad Saud Khan

Dr. Mohammad Khosravi

Olga Kiconco

Dr. Varun G Menon

Dr. Anand Nayyar

Dr. Zeeshan Pervez

Dr. Gunasekaran Manogaran

Dr. Shalli Rani

Dr. Mubashir Husain Rehmani
Dr. Kashif Saleem
Dr. Manik Sharma

Dr. Manik Sharma

Dr. Ahmed Toaha Mobashsher

Dr. Shakil Muhammad

Dr. Amit Kumar Singh

Dr. Kapal Dev

Dr. Adriana Bankston

Dr. Jerry Chun-Wei Lin

Matteo B. Lodi