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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IEEE Technology Policy and Ethics Editorial Board



Dr. Ali Kashif Bashir

Dr. Syed Hashim Raza Bukhari

Dr. Tahir Hameed

Olga Kiconco

Dr. Manik Sharma

Dr. Steve Jones

Dr. Ankur Chattopadhyay

Dr. Sinan Hanay

Matteo B. Lodi

Dr. Amit Kumar Singh

Dr. Syed Hassan Ahmed

Dr. Junaid Chaudhry

Dr. Shagufta Henna

Professor Zhihan Lv

Kathiravan Srinivasan

Dr. Hazrat Ali

Dr. Jerry Chun-Wei Lin

Dr. Fatima Hussain

Dr. Varun G Menon

Dr. Sandeep Verma

Priscilla Amalraj

Dr. Kapal Dev

Dr. Rasheed Hussain

Dr. Shakil Muhammad

Dr. Adriana Bankston

Dr. Yasir Faheem

Dr. Muhammad Asif Khan

Dr. Zeeshan Pervez

Dr. Muhammad Bilal

Dr. Prasun Ghosal

Dr. Mohammad Saud Khan

Dr. Shalli Rani

Dr. Syed Ahmad Chan Bukhari

Dr. Gururaj H L

Mohammad Khosravi

Dr. Kashif Saleem